Production Notes & Credits:
"Where Do We Go" is a male vocal country song. Dale wrote, recorded, and mixed the track in addition to handling the lead vocals, rhythm guitars and bass. Cindy Long provided the background vocals and played the mandolin. The rest of the group Lost & Found was Walter Lesco on lead guitar and Jef Wilson on drums.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Dale's submission has a laid-back Sunday afternoon parlor picking vibe to it, and is certainly more '70s country-rock (think Pure Prairie League) than anything resembling today's slick, borderline cheesy "Country". We have used the word "organic" more than a few times in this column to describe this sound, but hey, if the shoe fits...!
As for the individual sound sources, we enjoyed the ambience of the drum kit in general and the mandolin had a mellow tone that helped it blend in as part of the rhythm bed. The lead guitar performance was strong and upfront, even though the mic picked up some of the transients involved in the playing style.
On the down side, we felt that the bass could have had a stronger presence, and the backing vocals would have benefited from a touch of reverb. Finally, through our monitors, the entire mix sounded a tad "blanketed" and in need of a little mastering sparkle.
Suggestions: A few tweaks here and there should tidy things up. We would start with the backing vocals first; a little bit of added reverb or perhaps a slight delay effect would help to set them back into the mix nicely and coexist with the other sound sources. Next up, adding a bit of midrange to the bass guitar would let it speak clearer in the mix. Just a dB or two of boost where the harmonics of the string pluck are strongest would do the job.
Lastly, we would advise some overall brightening up to the stereo mix. Start rather high (in the 7 to 10 kHz range), sweeping and adding a decibel or two at a time until you hear the mix "open up"; that approach would be the way to go here. At this point recheck the mix to see if your balances are still in order, and hopefully you'll be good to go. You would be surprised at how just the slightest mastering "bump" can often change the overall sound of things in a finished mix!
Summary: Sounds like you guys had fun! Now all it will take is a little polish to make the sound quality match the performance.
Contact: Dale Long - Lost & Found, firstname.lastname@example.org