PC with PreSonus FireStudio Project interface running Cakewalk SONAR 8 and Toontrack EZdrummer; Audio-Technica AT2020 mic; Avid Eleven Rack processor, PreSonus Studio Channel channel strip; Fender and Paul Reed Smith guitars, Fender bass, 12-string acoustic guitar.
Production Notes & Credits:
"Running From Myself" is a male vocal rock song. Lee played electric guitar (through the Eleven Rack) and sang the backing vocals, and the rest of the sound sources (bass recorded direct through the Studio Channel, lead vocal, and miked 12-string acoustic guitar) were done by Steve. No information was provided as to who actually handled the recording end of things.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Oh man, another journey into lo-fi evaluation, folks... hang on to your hats!
Following the increased popularity of groups like the Black Keys, we have seen an exponential rise in the number of reader submissions featuring weirded-up vocals. Yeah, we know, weirded-up vocals are cool, but imagine our dilemma in trying to establish whether they were recorded correctly: "Was the mic pre properly overdriven?" Well, guess what? According to long-established principles, there is no such thing as a "properly" overdriven mic pre. Ditto overcompression, vocals through fuzz boxes and, well, you get the point.
As for Steve and Lee's track, it is obvious from the killer sounding acoustic guitar that these guys are in possession of more than solid recording chops. Therefore we can only assume that the sibilant, fuzzy vocals, as well as the door slamming tone of the kick drum, were intentional (if not, in the immortal words of Ricky Ricardo, "You got some 'splainin to do!").
Suggestions: As we've said before in this column, one man's ceiling is another man's floor. For some of us those classic Steely Dan records of the late 1970s were the epitome of rock recordings. Others much prefer Tom Waits growling through a bull horn. The beauty of it all is that both are right. Lee tells us, "Had a lot of fun recording with my friend Steve. He brought a lot of passion into the project. Very pleased with outcome." Works for us, guys.
Summarry: Creativity is the #1 recording tool!
Contact: Steve Ryzinski / Lee Olsen, firstname.lastname@example.org