PC (no technical information given) with Digidesign 002 Digirack interface and Command|8 control surface running Avid Pro Tools 7.4 with IK Multimedia T-RackS 3, FXpansion BFD, and Bomb Factory Virtual Drums. Shure SM57 mics, Joemeek VC5 Meequalizer and SC2 Compressor, BOSS NS-2 Noise Suppressor and GE-7 Graphic Equalizer pedals, MXR Wylde Overdrive, EBTech Hum Eliminator, BBE Sound MaxCom Compressor/Limiter/Gate/Sonic Maximizer. Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Classic 1960 (2001) with ZWylde EMGs; Jackson RR3 with KKing EMGs; Washburn XB-400 bass' MESA Triple Rectifier and Marshall JCM800 amps.
Production Notes & Credits:
"Where Do You Go" is a one man band rock instrumental. Dan did it all ("composed, performed, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced") at his home studio.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Dan's submission presents some pretty interesting musical and frequency dichotomies that fuse together nicely for the most part. The acoustic guitar intro led us to believe that we were heading for singer/songwriter land, when lo and behold, Dan surprised us with a fairly heavy ( and well played) electric guitar solo that serves as the melody voice throughout the track.
While we admire the performance here, to our ears the tone of the electric guitar was harsh, and more than a little bitey in spots.
As for the rhythm section, we felt that the drums were perfectly suited to the acoustic aspect of the song's sound, but lacked enough "heavy" to drive the electric side of things. Lastly, we heard a fair amount of string rattle on the bass guitar, which was distracting, particularly in the mellower sections of the mix.
Suggestions: While acoustic/electric instrumental arrangements are certainly nothing new, there are decisions and often compromises that need to be addressed in order to bring out the best in both camps. As we mentioned earlier, Dan is a fine lead guitarist and "Where Do You Go" is a solid vehicle for showcasing his skill.
That said, we would love to hear a richer/creamier tone on the lead guitar. A check of Dan's gear list indicates that he has more than enough tools at his disposal to do so, although failing to mention his monitor speakers makes us shake our head. Please, please, please loyal readers, many of you will go so far as to include your cables and power conditioners in your gear lists, but less than ten percent of you bother to list monitor speakers. Monitors and mix room acoustics are, in our opinion, the most critical part of the recording chain, so do Uncle Marty a favor this holiday season and start including them in your gear lists!
As for the remainder of Dan's mix, once the electric lead guitar is rounded out, we suggest that he explore a heavier and more ambient snare drum sound. Oh, and maybe have the neck checked out on the bass... an adjustment may be in order to eliminate the string buzz.
Summary: Some easy fixes will set things right.
Contact: Dan Gushue / DANAX, email@example.com