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Too Tired To Stop
 
Artist Name:
Christopher Hart
  Title:
Too Tired To Stop
 
Date Posted:
March 2015
 
Genre:
Country
Equipment Used:

iMac running PreSonus Studio One 2. Yamaha HS50M monitors. Audio-Technica AT2020USB mic for vocals, Ibanez AE30TP acoustic guitar through Line 6 POD XT Live. All electric guitar and bass parts programmed in Studio One 2; drum and fiddle loops from countryloops.com.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Too Tired To Stop" is a male vocal country tune done in its entirety by Christopher, cowritten by Hiram Sumrall.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 2
Recording: Christopher tells us, "This is my first real attempt at a full-on recording." Well, Christopher, welcome to the magical, frustrating, satisfying, neverending rabbit hole that has captured the rest of us in its glorious grip!

Using a combination of live and programmed/software sounds, Christopher has created a basic but fairly solid demo-style recording. The lead vocal is well recorded, with no traces of artifact. The acoustic guitar is also successful, and we give Christopher a lot of credit for his arrangement; all the ingredients are present to design a guide track that could become an excellent learning experience.

Aside from some obvious inconsistencies in the drum programming, our main issues here are with the scratchy sound of the faux fiddle, along with the placement (or should we say misplacement) of the bass guitar. The bass seems to be placed at approximately 2 o'clock in the stereo field rather than dead center, resulting in a major disconnect with the drum kit.

Suggestions: For a first effort Christopher has done pretty darn well. I remember my first attempt at multi-tracking, and trust me when I say that it was nowhere near this successful. That said, our mission statement is to aid and assist so let's talk fix-me=ups for a bit.

Simplest first: I can’t think of any example of country music where the bass isn’t dead center, married to the kick drum. If the off-center placement was deliberate, it needs to be reconsidered, and if it was an accident, we have to ask why. Was there a mismatch between his monitors’ volumes? Trace it back through the mix and correct it.

Practice makes perfect in building convincing drum parts. We may not all be drummers, but solid parts are within all of our reach, especially given today's technology. It’s not clear if the drum track here was a premade loop, but Studio One 2 should have tools for programming something better.

As far as the fiddle is concerned, although the sound was derived from software, A/Bing it with the sound of actual acoustic instruments in this genre from commercial releases is a wonderful path toward understanding and shaping tones. Try it, you'll like it!

Summary: Welcome to the club, Christopher!

Contact: Christopher Hart, cwhtraining@gmail.com
About: Marty Peters

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