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No Shame
 
Artist Name:
Mark Adorni
  Title:
No Shame
 
Date Posted:
June 2012
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
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Equipment Used:

Dell PC with MOTU 828 MkII interface running Cakewalk SONAR; Mackie DFX-12 mixer, KRK V8 monitors; Yamaha Motif ES8 keyboard, Yamaha FX550 Guitar Processor, Carvin V220 guitar (1985).

Production Notes & Credits:

"No Shame" is a rock instrumental track. Mark did all of the playing, programming and recording at his home studio.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 4
Recording: Nicely done for the most part. Mark has stayed simple with his drum and bass programming, wisely allowing his considerable guitar chops to shine. To that end, however, in our opinion the mix comes across as too center-focused.

While both the clean and distorted electric guitars sport fine tones, they are basically parked on top of each other in the center of the mix. As the song's arrangement builds in intensity and the riffs on the distorted guitar become faster and more complex, we begin to lose the clean electric guitar in the mix.

Suggestions: The dude can flat out play and the slow Floyd/Gilmour styled track is the perfect showcase for his talents. We suggest that Mark employ some simple left side/right side planning for his guitars and all will be well.

Summary: Good stuff! Just spread it out a little and give it some space to breathe.

Contact: Mark Adorni, madorni@comcast.net
About: Marty Peters

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