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Artist Name:
Robert Luman
Date Posted:
August 2012
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Mackie 32-8 console, TASCAM MSR16 16-track reel-to-reel deck, Marantz CDR500 CD-R recorder. Mics: Shure Beta 52 and two SM57, three Sennheiser e604 and three PVM480, Audio-Technica AT4033. Processing: Yamaha SPX50D (tom reverb), TC Electronic M300 (snare reverb), Lexicon MPX100 (vocal and guitar reverb), dbx 266XL (kick/snare), PreSonus Eureka (vocals). Amps: Peavey Mark IV (bass), Rivera S120 guitar amp (rhythm guitar), Chevelle 6V6 powered Marshall clone with BOSS OD-1 (lead guitar).

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Production Notes & Credits:

"She's" is a male vocal rock song. Bob was responsible for the recording as well as the song arrangement and the guitar parts. Joe Dokken sang the vocals and wrote the lyrics, while Ken Comer and Dale Woods rounded things out on the drums and bass respectively.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 4
Recording: We've found a new set of Reader's Tapes heroes, and we are not joking! Bob tells us that he and his merry band are all in the 45-50 year old age group with little time to practice. Well, the fountain of youth must be somewhere near that practice space cause these guys are still kickin' it. Better still, the song was recorded on tape! Yes, TAPE, kiddies -- Google it or find a geezer to explain its wonders to you, it's a rather fascinating story.

As for Bob's submission, if not for a bit of overall distortion on the final mix, this baby would be headed for our Spotlight feature. Hell, the lead vocal should be there all on its own. Those kind of pipes on a guy this age is astonishing; if you don't believe me, take a listen to all those classic rockers currently out on the Casino circuit.

As for the rest of the sound sources, well, they are spot on for the genre. Meaty electric guitar, check; articulate, powerful bass, check; and a drum set that is totally and tonally in balance; check and check. Oh, and the panned backing vocals? Fuggitaboutit.

Suggestions: Drop the final stereo mix down by a dB or two, and you're there.

Summary: Say it loud, "We're old and we're proud!" Thanks, guys, you made my day.

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About: Marty Peters

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