BOSS BR-1600CD desktop hard disk recorder, Studio Projects B1 condenser mic, Dynaudio Acoustics BM5A powered monitors; 1965 Gibson SG, Paul Reed Smith 2008 McCarty, Martin 00028EC, Fender '51 Precision Reissue bass, Sadowsky Bass Preamp/DI, tambourine, Mick Fleetwood Total Drumming loop library for rhythm tracks.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: J.D. has produced a fairly strong track via an extremely modest (by today's standards) recording setup.
Singer/songwriter material can be tricky to present in a "band" format, and J.D. wisely kept his sound sources simple and focused. We applaud the choice of the Mick Fleetwood drums, and the simple but rich bass tone that came from J.D.'s Fender. Hard to go wrong with the Fleetwood Mac rhythm section concept!
The doubled lead vocal used here is effective, and the balance of the harmony vocals in right on target in our book. We also really enjoyed the "sitar" sounding electric guitar, the wide panned placement is most effect. Lastly, kudos to J.D. for serving up a very "analog" sound on his final mix, well done.
Suggestions: In our opinion J.D. has hit the mark pretty well here. He stayed within his recording skill set, and respected the capabilities, pro and con, of his gear... a lesson that many of us, especially those one-person operations, can learn from!
From a "comfort zone" like this, an artist has two choices, neither one "wrong". He or she can remain there and use his or her comfort with the tools to "get the technology out of the way" and focus full attention on writing stronger songs, or start to explore fancier recording techniques (multiple microphones, a DAW-based system) while knowing that the existing rig is there to fall back on when he or she isn't in the mood to mess with learning new tech and just wants to write. That's a great place to be!
Summary. Short and sweet.
Contact: J.D. Sky, firstname.lastname@example.org.