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Artist Name:
Walter Young
  Title:
She Is My Everything
 
Date Posted:
May 2013
 
Genre:
Blues
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Equipment Used:

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).

Production Notes & Credits:

"She Is My Everything" is a male vocal soul/blues song. Walter did it all at his home studio except the drums, which were played by Steven M.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
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, wsy2_2@yahoo.com
About: Marty Peters

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