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Artist Name:
Paul Bibbins
Date Posted:
November 2013
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Sweetwater Creation Station PC (Windows XP) with Digidesign Digi 002 interface running Digidesign Pro Tools 7 and iZotope Ozone 5, Focusrite TwinTrak channel strip, Lexicon MX 200 reverb, Behringer XENYX 1832FX mixer, Shure KSM44 mic, Fender American Standard Stratocaster, Marshall JCM2000 DSL 50, THD Hotplate speaker simulator, Dallas Arbiter FuzzFace, Vox V845 Wah, homemade pre-amp/compressor, BOSS Dr. Rhythm DR-880 (for drum and bass parts).

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Run" is a male vocal rock song, Paul wrote, programmed, performed and recorded the track at his home studio.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: This month's Spotlight is an uber-skillful homage to the classic power trio genre, particularly the classic '60s sound of Hendrix and Cream.

Paul tells us, "I recorded this song like a power trio recording, live in the studio with me playing guitar over the bass and drum parts that I composed on the DR-880. I ran all signals into my Behringer mixing board, and then into my DAW. The vocal is dubbed, though. I mastered the recording with Ozone 5." Simple enough, but thirty seconds into "Run" it is clear that Paul is a force to be reckoned with!

Rarely have we heard a more complete union of programming and live playing. Capturing the loose, wild drum style of a Mitch Mitchell or Ginger Baker is a daunting task under the best of circumstances. With all respect to the BOSS DR-880, for a guitarist to pull this off on any drum machine shows some crazy talent in our opinion. Not only are the tones superior (listen to the cymbals!) but the drum balance, especially on the tom fills, is stellar. Simply put, this may well be the finest example of drum programming that we have heard in our 16-plus years authoring the Readers' Tapes column.

Fortunately for us, Paul is also a damn fine player. The electric guitar is aggressive, with just enough grit to carry it in the trio format. Paul really seems to understand the dual roles of playing that this genre requires, switching effortlessly between rhythm and lead.

The bass, though super active, again perfectly captures the sound and vibe of the era. Picture Jack Bruce live, wailing away freeform on his Gibson bass... this is what Paul has delivered with near perfection, again through the unlikely medium of the BOSS DR-880. Killer!

As you loyal readers know, the majority of our submissions come from one man/woman operations. We have spoken at great length through the years regarding the unique challenges that come with wearing so many hats simultaneously. "Run" is one of the rare examples where all of the hats not only fit, but come across with style. From the writing straight through to the mixing and mastering, "Run" provides us all with a one-man-band template for success. Listen and learn, friends... I know I certainly have.

Summary: Outstanding and inspiring!

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