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Artist Name:
Bill Cody & John Ponczocha
Date Posted:
May 2011
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Mac Pro 8-Core with Digi 002 interface and Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad card running Pro Tools LE 8, FXpansion BFD2, and UA Neve plug-ins; Focusrite Octopre, RĂ˜DE K-2 mic, JBL LSR4328P monitors, MTD 535 bass, Fender American Strat, Alesis Quadrasynth.

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Production Notes & Credits:

Music: "Recovery" is a male vocal rock song. John composed the song, played the acoustic guitar, and sang the lead vocal. Bill played the electric and bass guitars, keyboards, and programming the rhythm track in BFD2, and also handled the recording end of things. The backing vocals were courtesy of Dave Figlioli.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Recording: Our overall impression of Bill and John's submission is that while all of the pieces of the puzzle are present, some tone and balance issues are plaguing the mix. Starting with the rhythm section, we found that the kick drum was too far forward in our monitors, resulting in a disconnect between it and the bass guitar. We also found the kick to be lacking in bottom end.

Both the acoustic and electric guitars seemed rather thin and timid through our speakers, and the lack of panning between them led to a sameness that failed to exploit the strengths of each. On the plus side, we thought that the overall drum programming was quite realistic, the bass was very well played and recorded, and the overall arrangement was dynamic and well conceived.

Suggestions: Some pretty easy fixes here actually. Starting with the kick, we suggest dropping it back in volume until it meets up with the bass (please don't touch the bass volume or tone!) and use eq to add a bit of low end... start at approx. 63 Hz and sweep up to about 85 Hz until you find the beef! Regarding the guitars, at least one of the could use some low-mid presence, and panning them opposite each other starting at 11:00-1:00 should help to provide each with a distinct voice.

Summary: Close, very close.

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