Your Dying Hero
Rock and Pop
PC with Digidesign Digi 002 interface running Pro Tools 8.0 LE with Digidesign and Waves Mercury bundle plug-ins for mix and iZotope Ozone for and SSL G series compressor for mastering; Alesis Studio 32 analog console; Art MPA Gold preamp; Mics: Audio Technica AT4033CL (vocals), Blue Bluebird (vocals), two RODE NT1-A (overheads), Shure SM57 (snare drum, guitars), AKG D112 (kick), Sennheiser e604 (toms), Samson C02 (hi-hat); Yamaha NS10M monitors.
Production Notes & Credits:
"Forgiveness" is a male vocal rock song. A. (no full name given) Birkenbach did the guitar, bass, and lead vocal performances, and assisted on production; Ken Perrone did the drums and additional vocals, and handled the recording, mixing and mastering duties.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: With the nicely recorded acoustic guitar intro, we thought we were on the road to Singer/Songwriter Land... when Ken suddenly made a quick left turn and smacked us upside the noggin with a big dose of Heavy! The good news is that unlike many such attempts, the guys pulled it off with some skill and savvy.
Aside from the aforementioned acoustic guitar, we were also impressed by the great bass tone, along with the creative use of panning, which allowed the track to achieve a large sound without losing clarity. Good stuff. We also dug the way that the vocals went from a soft delivery to a full out scream without any noticeable compression. Extra credit for this one, boys!
On the down side, we found the electric guitar tone to be thin and harsh, particularly in comparison to the rich full bass, and the kick drum had way too much "click" for our taste.
Suggestions: While we are not sure whether guitar or bass is Ken's primary instrument, but the fact that he achieved such a good bass sound tells us that he understands tone. That said, it's back to the drawing board for the electric guitar here.
We suggest that Ken take his time and find some combination of signal processors that can replace the current buzzsaw that is his guitar with something that honors the quality of the bass and acoustic guitar tones. As for the kick, repositioning the mic a bit further back from the beater head should give the instrument a bigger feel.
Summary: Well done all around; let's clean up the details.
Contact: Ken Perrone / Your Dying Hero, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.hammerhead-studios.com