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April 2015
Rock and Pop
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PC with Roland V-Studio 700 and Octa-Capture interfaces running Cakewalk SONAR X3. Focal CMS50 monitors, two Rane HC6 headphone amps, AKG K270 headphones. Mics by Lawson, Shure, and Electro-Voice. Fender Strat, Line 6 Variax guitar, Line 6 Pod X3 Live.

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"CRAZY!" is a one-man-band male vocal rock song.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Cool stuff here, kind of a Eagles/Joe Walsh party vibe tune with plenty of sound sources and effects on board. We dig the bright edgy electric guitars that funboyuno has dialed up, and the panning provides the track with a lot of space and energy (special kudos' for the rippin' solo!) We also liked the "shadows and light" provided by the delayed lead vocal juxtaposed against the dry harmony voices, although the delay time seems to lose sync with the track at times.

Moving onto the rhythm section, things get a little less successful. While the drum programming is wisely kept simple, funboyuno's dry tom fills come across way too loud through our monitors—loud enough to disrupt the flow of the entire track, in our opinion. We also thought that the cymbal crashes got a tad bit bombastic in spots. Finally, there seems to be some general distortion within the track, cause unidentified, though it could be that the mix got too hot or that there was some gain stage mismanagement along the way.

Suggestions: Not a lot of things to do in order to right the ship here. Starting with the delay on the vocals, using a timed tap delay should straighten out the sync issues. While dry toms were certainly part and parcel of the 1970s sound, some bit of ambience couldn't hurt. Tucking them back into the mix and taking the cymbals with them will re balance the drums nicely.

Lastly, we suggest that funboyuno re-examine the gain stages that he employed during his recording process. We all know that despite vehement protests from many of us in the recording community, volume still remains king in today's world. That said, distortion is never good, period, and each stage of the process, from the initial tracking to the final mix, adds volume. When that volume results in distortion, some detective work is in order!

Summary: A solid effort.

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About: Marty Peters

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