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Artist Name:
Kenny Weydener
Date Posted:
June 2014
R&B and Soul
Equipment Used:

Apple iMac with Digidesign Mbox 2 mini interface running Avid Pro Tools LE 8.1 with included plug-ins and Toontrack EZdrummer; Sennheiser HD 280 headphones and Event ALP5 powered monitors; Spector basses with Dean Markley strings.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Chill" is a Rock/Funk instrumental. Kenny composed, programmed, played and recorded the track at his home studio

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: This month's Spotlight is one of the most rewarding that we have presented since the inception of this "best of" feature back in 2007.

In our May 2012 Readers' Tapes Review column, we dissected another of Kenny's submissions called "Fresh", and though we raved about his creativity and monster skills as a bassist, we found his drum programming skills to be lacking. As we reported back then, "While we are sure that it was not from lack of trying, and wasn't a shortcoming of the excellent EZdrummer software that we've heard create some completely solid performances in recent submissions to this column, the drums feel like they were assembled by... well, the bass player." We went on to describe several specific issues involving the drums, including an overly compressed and dark snare drum, ineffective cymbals, and hollow, awkward tom fills. Ouch!

Well, friends, that was then and this is now. Kenny is back with his crazy bass and arranging skills totally intact, but this time his programming chops on the EZdrummer software are first-rate. The snare drum now features a compressed snap that recalls the legendary Bernard Purdie. Both the hi-hat and ride cybals sound real, and the tom/snare fill at 2:35 is flawless. To our delight, the entire performance feels like it came from the mind of a drummer, not a bassist. Bravo!

Suggestions: Our mission statement at Readers' Tapes has always been to evaluate, educate, assist, and support our submitters in hopes that our opinions could affect some positive growth in future works. So let us take a moment here to act like the proud godparents we feel we are this time! Kenny took 2012's heartfelt criticism to school, boys and girls, and came back two years later with dramatically improved programming skills. This is what it's all about for us at RECORDING, and we are beyond happy. We hope that all of you loyal readers will take encouragement from Kenny's efforts. He earned his way into our Spotlight feature, and we'd be hard pressed to think of a better role model.

Summary: Thanks, Kenny. Respect!

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