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Artist Name:
Bobby Logan
Date Posted:
September 2014
R&B and Soul
Equipment Used:

Mac with Digidesign Mbox 2 interface and M-Audio Keystation 49e, running Avid Pro Tools 10 and Toontrack EZmix; Fender American Strat with DiMarzio humbucker pickups.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Lovely" is a midtempo R&B instrumental. Bobby did it all himself, playing guitar and using the plug-ins and virtual instruments built into Pro Tools 10, with a little help from EZmix in the tracking stage.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Recording: "Lovely" is a fine overall effort that could ultimately benefit from some creative editing. The track intros gracefully with a nice combination of panned electric guitar, piano, synth and hand drums. From there Bobby establishes a smooth slinky groove, featuring a nice round bass guitar and programmed drums that wisely keep a simple but effective pattern. We love the openness that Bobby achieved with his panning throughout the track; each of the instruments had its own space, but he still managed to create a unified whole.

On the down side, the reverb/ambience on the drums (in particular the kick) seemed a bit heavy-handed to our ears, Additionally, clocking in at just under five minutes, the track also seemed to stagnate a bit without the addition of additional sound sources along the way.

Suggestions: While we get that the nature of Bobby's effort leans towards a smooth listening vibe, the listener still needs to stay engaged in order for the track to be successful. To that end, we would suggest that Bobby "save" some of his sound sources and introduce them slowly throughout the song in order to provide freshness. He might also consider something as simple as panning the electric guitar to the center during the guitar solo. By placing the solo in a spot usually reserved for the lead vocal, the track takes on an added melodic component as well as an energy upgrade.

As for the drums, "producer hat" Bobby needs to determine if his ambient approach matches the flavor of the other instruments here. Our advice would be to back off of the 'verb, come remix time.

Summary: A fine solo effort!

Contact: Bobby Logan,
About: Marty Peters

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