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SPOTLIGHT 49: Already Gone
Artist Name:
Matt Woolley
SPOTLIGHT 49: Already Gone
Date Posted:
August 2011
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Dell XPS 630 dual-core PC with 4 GB of RAM, M-Audio FireWire 1814 interface, and two Universal Audio UAD-1 DSP cards, running Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 Producer Edition, Toontrack Superior Drummer, and Vir2 Instruments BASiS; Yamaha HS50M active studio monitors; Blue Blueberry mic (vocals), Johnson J-Station (direct guitar recording), Korg MicroX keyboard.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Already Gone" is a male vocal rock song. Matt wrote, programmed, performed and recorded the track in his apartment-bedroom studio.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: This month's Spotlight is a superbly arranged and constructed one-man-band affair. Using an '80's Brit pop/rock sound as the basis for the smartly written track ("I keep on leaving you when you're already gone", brilliant!), the entire effort shines a light on just how far the quality of home based recording has come.

Starting with the instruments, we love the synth keyboards, and Matt has done a masterful job with both the drum and bass programming (using Superior Drummer by Toontrack and BASiS by Vir2, respectively) while the clean, crisp, electric guitar, tracked via a Johnson J-Station, is spot on for the genre.

We must also give Matt his props for a for a great sounding lead vocal recording. Not a digital nasty in sight, and while no mic preamp was mentioned in Matt's equipment list (did he just use the stock preamps in the 1814?), the Blue Blueberry mic has once again proved its obvious quality, and is perfectly married up to Matt's voice.

Finally we would be remiss if we failed to mention just how good the arranging is on this track. Matt wisely intro'd his sound sources in steps, building an element of tension leading up to the lead vocal's arrival. The backing harmonies are perfect in a support role, and the "tricks", such as intonation/pitch control and chopped/resampled vocal snippet, are used with restraint. Well done, sir!

Summary: All this and a place to sleep as well? Long live the bedroom studio!

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