Computer with M-Audio ProFire 2626 interface running Propellerhead Reason (used for bass and keyboards). Universal Audio 710 Twin-Finity mic preamp, KRK Rokit 6 monitors. Mics: Shure SM57 (snare, guitar cabinet), CAD drum mic (kick), two Cascade Microphones Fat Head II ribbon mics (vocals, drum overheads, guitar cabinet).
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Walter, we would be hard pressed to recall a more soulful voice in any of the thousands of submissions that have come through our door over the past sixteen-plus years. What a gift!
As for the rest of the recording, it has the loose, organic feel of a home demo, albeit one with great potential. We love the soulful edgy tone of Walter's guitar, and the restraint of the performance adds a great tension to the track. The keyboard bass also works well here, providing a super low-end frequency bed.
Less successful to our ears are the piano/organ sounds which lack the "air" and ambience of the other sound sources. We also noticed some occasional timing issues on several of the instruments throughout the track.
Suggestions: Matching the ambience in a mix can be tricky business. While a certain amount of counterpoint is necessary for shadow and light, too much wet vs. dry can leave a mix feeling disjointed and lacking flow. To that end we would suggest that Walter add a bit of reverb, not only to the keyboard sounds but also to his lead vocal. Moderation is the key here, and a little can go a long way... but it definitely needs something to pull the tracks together into a common space.
As for the timing issues, Walter tells us that the guitar and vocals were laid down first to a basic Reason beat, followed by the keys and lastly the drums with the snare/kick/stereo overheads setup he mentioned above. Provided that a click track was used, it should be rather easy to tighten up the stray timing problems in the box.
Summary: Hey Walter, mind if we borrow that voice sometime?!
Contact: Walter Young, firstname.lastname@example.org