MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 with 8 GB RAM and PreSonus Firebox interface, running Apple Logic Pro 8 with EXS24 Sampler; Studio Projects B3 and Oktava MC012 mics, Edirol R-09 handheld recorder, PreSonus HP4 headphone amp, AKG K141 headphones, Alesis M1 Active monitors. Instruments: Folkroots mountain dulcimers, Taylor 414c acoustic guitar, Camco 6 1/2-inch chrome snare drum, Paiste and Zildjian cymbals, small Remo djembe, various tambourines.
Production Notes & Credits:
"Yeah" is a "World" music track. Andy wrote the piece and handled all of the playing, programming and recording; he plays all of the instruments on the track except one hand-drum loop from Logic's content library. The lead vocals were courtesy of Carlos Olmeda. Andy and Carlos, along with John D'Agostino, David Ryan Norgren, and Nicki Elledge, sang the backing vocals.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: There is a fine line between "quirky creative" and "just plain quirky". This month's Spotlight is most definitely the former. Oh, and it's also beautifully recorded, catchy, fun, and original to boot!
Andy tells us that the basic idea for the song came to him while waiting on the phone trying to solve a computer-related tech problem. During the apparently long wait for Tech Support, he started a click track in Logic Pro 8 on his MacBook Pro and proceeded to record the dulcimer part in one take. We all should be so creative with our time!
From there, the track began to fill out with the remaining sound sources, and having worked on many acoustic and "world" music projects over the years we must congratulate Andy on the sounds that he captured here. The mountain dulcimer is airy and free of "bite" and the interplay between it and the acoustic guitar is fantastic. It is not at all uncommon for two instruments that share so many frequencies in the upper registers to mask each other, but Andy has given them plenty of sonic space.
We love the sound of the Djembe and the way it integrates with the drum kit is great. The tambourines/shakers are wisely placed in the arrangement, and the keyboard/bass combo brings a funky vibe that supports all of those those "yeah's".
Speaking of those "yeah's", Andy tells us that the people saying "Yeah" were culled from recordings of friends he'd interviewed with his R-09, "asking them various yes-no questions, knowing they would probably say "yeah" to indicate an affirmative answer". Brilliant, we say! Oh, and about the laughter in the middle, Andy tells us, "At one point while doing vocals, I decided to sing along with the dulcimer riff, but realized about half-way through it that I didn't actually know the riff, and I started laughing. It's not that often you get such a natural and spontaneous performance out of me as a vocalist, so I decided to keep the laugh." Inspiration is where you find it but also what you make of it... we like!
Suggestions: We urge you all to give Andy's track a close listen, and if you have headphones nearby, by all means indulge. The sounds, arrangement and mix are all topnotch, and an excellent learning platform for any of you loyal readers who struggle to capture some of "world" sounds that Andy has presented here.
Summary: "Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah yeah!"
Contact: Andy Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.andyrobinsonmusic.com, www.facebook.com/andy.robinson.5268