TASCAM 2488 desktop digital recorder, Line 6 POD Pro processor, ART Studio Tube MP preamp, RODE NT1A mic, AKG K171 Studio headphones (mixed on these phones), G&L Legacy electric guitar, 1976 Fender Strat w/EMG pickups (active single coil) Samick 4-string bass ("it works").
Production Notes & Credits:
Music: "Maryellen" is a male vocal rock song. Tim wrote and handled all of the instruments and vocals, with the exception of the drums which were played by Ed James. Ed also mastered the track, and is credited with co-production of the track with Tim.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: This month's Spotlight is a great "power pop" duo effort. It is also a tale of two studios.
Tim reports, "The track was recorded at my studio, Jealousy Entertainment Recording Complex (The JERC) in Syracuse, NY, and the drums were recorded at Ed's studio, The Laboratory in Charlotte, NC. I went to Ed's studio to track drums and then came back home to finish all other recording on this song -- vocals, guitar, bass and whaterver else I deemed fit. This song took 11 takes to get the master drums. I felt it was great from take 3, but Ed is really insane (in a good way)." After all that, final mastering was again done on Ed's turf in North Carolina.
OK, so what has all of this geographic travel accomplished? One heck of a lot, actually!
Ed did eleven takes on the drums until he was satisfied, and you know what? It shows. Not only is the performance stellar but the tones are superb as well. We love the definition in the tom fills and the fat snare drum is righteous indeed.
Fortunately, Tim did an equally fine job building on Ed's strong foundation. His lead and backing vocals are beautifully performed and recorded, without artifact or overcompression/limiting. We also love the Beatles/Badfinger harmony arrangement, and the addition of the genre-perfect electric slide guitar is the icing on the cake.
Hats off to both Ed and Tim as well for a mix that is both energetic and clear. With the multitude of sound sources involved it would have been easy to get off track during mixdown, but it sounds as if the guys stayed focused on the song's vision, and delivered the goods -- even with headphones used for monitoring. Well done, sirs!
Summary: A successful partnership -- keep it going!
Contact: Tim Anthony, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jealousy-records.com, www.myspace.com/timanthonythebrambles