MacBook Pro with Apogee Ensemble interface running Apple Logic Studio and FXpansion BFD 2 for drum tracks. Mics: Royer R-121 (rhythm guitar), AKG C414 (lead guitar), Beyerdynamic M160 (lead and rhythm guitars); Universal Audio SOLO/610 (also used as bass DI) and Avalon 737 preamps; Gibson Les Paul Classic Black Beauty with triple humbuckers through Marshall JTM 60 amp (rhythm guitar), Ibanez 540S custom guitar through BOSS NS-2 Noise Suppressor and Xotic Effects BB Plus pedals into Fender Twin Reverb amp (lead guitar), Fender Deluxe American Jazz bass (5-string).
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Two things struck us during our initial listen of Eric's submission. The first is that Eric possesses some crazy good guitar chops! The second is that those guitar chops deserve a much better drum sound. Eric is in possession of some mighty fine tools in his basement studio, his mics and mic pres are topnotch, as are his instruments and amplifiers. So what gives with the drum tones?
Of all the possible kits and sounds available in Eric's exceptionally competent FXpansion BFD 2 software plug-in, he has constructed a sound that can only be described as, well, "basement"! It's not a failing of BFD 2, which we've heard sound incredible on many submissions... huh?
Suggestions: While we can only guess at Eric's decision-making process regarding his drums, the bigger issue here is mix continuity. Rare is the mix that joins vastly divergent sounds into a compatible whole. Elements such as miking distance, room ambience and processing all play key roles in the balance and flow of a successful mix.
That said, maybe Eric was really trying to create the "proper" sonic environment here, after all, in most cases, drums recorded in basements sound kind of "basementy". Could he have been so bravely honest?
Summary: I'm sorry, Eric, I don't know whether or not to give you the benefit of the doubt. Either you were deliberately going for a massive contrast of fantastic guitar and bass with crummy drums, or you really need to sit down with the BFD manual...
Contact: Eric Macapinlac, firstname.lastname@example.org