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SPOTLIGHT 51: An Unprotected Heart
 
Artist Name:
Per Kjeller
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 51: An Unprotected Heart
 
Date Posted:
October 2011
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Apple G5 Power Mac running Avid Pro Tools 8.01 HD and Toontrack Superior Drums; RODE Classic 2 Mic; Apogee Rosetta 200 and Big Ben; Fender Precision Bass, Washburn and Epiphone guitars.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"An Unprotected Heart" is a male vocal rock song. The tune was written by Per, Dave Woeckener and Brad Kirsch. Per handled all of the performing and recording chores, and Brad (pictured) sang the vocals.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
This month's Spotlight is one of those rare tracks that sounds instantly recognizable even though we have never heard it before, and we say that with the utmost respect. The effort is simply so well written, arranged and executed that it seems inconceivable that it hasn't found its way to radio, film or television in some manner.

The old cliche about "serving the song" describes the music bed perfectly here. The lead vocal is presented front and center in the mix, while the rhythm section and guitars stay in a support role, allowing the listener to focus on the words without the distraction of guitar heroics or fancy fills.

We loved the artifact-free lead vocal recording and the laid-back harmonies, and the mix balance was equally impressive. While we have no information on the monitor speakers that were used on the project (though we would love to know!) it is obvious that Per took the time and care to ensure that his balances were spot on across all of the frequency spectrum.

We invite all of you loyal recordists out there to examine and try to learn from Per's work; it was stellar on every sound system that we listened to, from our laptop speakers to our KRK. monitors, as well as our Grado Labs headphones and the speakers in the old Honda Element! Well done, sir.

Summary: A Pro effort by all concerned.

Contact: Per Kjeller, thekjellers@sbcglobal.net
About: Marty Peters

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