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On The Screen In Eden
 
Artist Name:
Michael Brebes
  Title:
On The Screen In Eden
 
Date Posted:
May 2015
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Apple Mac Pro with MOTU 2408 audio interface running Steinberg Nuendo and Universal Audio UAD plug-ins. Mics: Shure SM7 and SM57, AKG C414 P48, Audio-Technica ATM25, modified Oktava MC012. Symetrix 501 compressor, Soundtracs MidiPC mixing console, Hafler TRM 8 monitors, Seventh Circle Audio A72 mic preamps.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"On The Screen in Eden" is a male vocal rock song. Michael did it all -- vocals, guitars, bass, and drums, tracking and mixing -- in his "one man shop."

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Recording: Michael has submitted a slinky, bluesy track, and a mostly successful one at that. We say "mostly successful" because there are still a few areas that could use some sprucing up.

First for the good stuff. We love the Mark Knopfler-style electric guitar that introduces the song... lovely tone and performance! We also felt that Michael did an admirable job with his kick drum and bass guitar. The bass in particular shines here, with a growly tone that brings good energy to the mix.

On the down side, the aforementioned intro is marred by some excessively loud/loose cymbals, as well as a left-panned acoustic guitar that is seriously lacking volume through our monitors. We also felt that the snare drum had a rather boxy tone, and that the lead vocal exhibited some sibilance in places during the track.

Suggestions: Overall we sense that Michael is on the right track here, and that the repair work should be fairly painless!
While we can't be sure exactly what was going on at his mix position (a heartfelt thanks for including monitors in the gear list, though!), several if not all of the issues here could be a result of some suspect room acoustics. Excess bass buildup at the mix position may have led to Michael increasing the high frequency/volume on both the cymbal and lead vocals, thereby explaining the balance and sibilance issues. As always, listening to one's mix through various types of speakers can go a long way towards identifying these potential problems.

As for the snare tone, "boxiness" can usually be found in the 500 Hz range. We suggest that Michael sweep through this area on the snare EQ and reduce the offending frequency until his snare opens up. Lastly, we would love to hear more of the acoustic guitar in the mix. It seems quite well played and recorded, and adding several dB of volume would balance it nicely with the stellar electric.

Summary: The more listening sources, the better.

Contact: Michael Brebes, mbrebes@hotmail.com
About: Marty Peters

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