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Artist Name:
John Lindeman
Date Posted:
February 2015
Equipment Used:

2011 MacBook Pro with Apogee Duet interface running Avid Pro Tools 11, Apple Logic Pro X, and Waves plug-ins. AKG C414 and Sennheiser MD421-II mics, KRK Rokit 5 monitors. Fender mandolin, Taylor 414ce guitar. Bass and drums created virtually in Logic.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Anymore" is a female vocal "folk" song. Marissa Melton sang the vocals, Taylor Ferrell played the guitar, the fiddler is Stacey Sinclair, and Joe Ornstein rounded things out on banjo. John handled the bass and drum programming and mandolin part, as well as the recording, mixing, and mastering.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Recording: Those of you familiar with the music of the great British group Fairport Convention will recognize the overall vibe of John's submission. The track has an organic feel in keeping with the instrumentation, though we found the mastered mix to have a rather distant quality through our monitors, lending the track a very "live recording" feel. The individual sound sources were recorded in different places rather than together as a unit, but John's ambient/reverb treatment of them would suggest that this was the sound he was after. If there was layering/overdubbing involved, it is being masked to a large degree by the ambience here.

What we are left with, then, is a sound akin to that achieved by "tapers" at live concerts -- you know, the tie dyed folks that are always setting up their stereo boom stand rigs around the summer festival sound boards! Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you -- just callin' them as we see them.

Suggestions: In our years behind the wheel here at Readers' Tapes (17 of them, as of this issue!), we can honestly say that no two submissions received have ever been the same. Have there been multiple tracks in certain genres? Absolutely! And yet each one of you has a skill set and mission statement that is as unique as your own DNA.

Part of the fun on our end continues to be trying to put ourselves in your mindset, in an attempt to not only advise, but equally important, to understand just what was going on behind the scenes of your creative process. Was John attempting to construct a "live" recording here, or did the combination of room ambience and overall mix balance push the sound in that direction? While we'll never know for sure, it's pretty cool to think about how the rest of the listening world interprets the recordist's choices, both musically and technically, isn't it?

Summary: Got live if you want it.

Contact: John Lindeman,
About: Marty Peters

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