iMac Intel dual-core with Zoom R16 digital recorder/interface running Steinberg Cubase 4; KRK Rokit RP5 speakers; Mics: ADK S-7B (vocals, guitars) Shure SM57s (drum overheads) and PG52 (kick, bass), Digital Reference dynamic mic (snare).
Production Notes & Credits:
"View From the Bottom" is a male vocal rock song. Kevin Rootes played the guitars and sang backup vocals, Dan Prado played bass and sang lead, and Dave Perotti played drums/percussion and recorded and mixed the track.
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: This month's Spotlight is a spacious trio effort chock full of sweet tones and excellent performances. Let's take a look under the hood and see how David and the band did their thing.
The song intros with a beautifully recorded "reverby" electric guitar playing a cool arpeggiated line. The bass and drums enter next, and to our delight the ambience of the drum kit is totally sympathetic to the electric guitar. Achieving an ambient balance between sound sources in a mix is one of the trickiest parts of any recordist's job -- particularly now, when so many projects are created and completed in bedrooms/basements and other "ambience challenged" environments.
Through the years at Readers' Tapes we have heard hundreds of, well, let's just say... "less than successful" attempts at this symbiosis. There have been wet drums with dry guitars, Taj Mahal sized vocal reverbs paired with Sahara dry instrument beds... you get the picture. Happily David and the band have navigated the slippery slope with apparent ease. Good on ya, fellas!
As for the rest of the mix, the drums have an awesome organic feel. In other words they sound like drums, not samples, and the sparseness of the arrangement really lets Dave's loose-but-tight (you drummers out there know what I mean!) performance shine. His rhythmic partner Dan wisely resisted the temptation to run amok on the bass throughout the song; his solid performance goes a long way towards "gluing" the track together. On a final performance note, Kevin just burns on the guitar solo, with killer playing and tone in our opinion.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, all of this sonic goodness was created on a very basic recording setup that anyone could own: an iMac running Cubase 4 with a Zoom R16 multitracker/interface, a bag full of dynamic mics (including a pair of Shure SM57s, normally known for cabs and snares, pressed into service as overheads!) plus one lone condenser. So why did this project succeed where so many others fail? Good taste, care in recording, and a whole lot of talent. Ha!
Summary: Most excellent indeed.
Contact: Dave Perotti/DDK, email@example.com, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/DDK/191379727625399