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2 Phazy Nights
 
Artist Name:
Tom Gresso
  Title:
2 Phazy Nights
 
Date Posted:
June 2015
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Avid Mbox2 and Pro Tools LE, IK Multimedia Amplitube 2, FXpansion BFD Lite, Shure SM57, Jackson DKMG guitar, Mesa Boogie DC2, MXR Phase 90 (Modded), Squier Bass.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"2 Phazy Nights" is a slow blues/rock instrumental. Tom did it all at his home studio.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Recording: Tom tells us that this is his first recording, and asks, in our opinion, if he is on the right track. Well, Tom, for the most part we would have to say yes, indeed you are.

Given the number of guitar parts in the track, we would have to assume that guitar is Tom's primary instrument, and overall he does a good job managing the different styles incorporated here. We really dug the soulful Gary Moore style clean/phase shifted playing, while the transition between the clean and heavy distorted parts was handled carefully, without much energy loss. Tom also did well keeping his rhythm section basic, with good tones all around, thereby allowing plenty of space for his excellent chops to shine.

Suggestions: We give Tom high marks for his first effort. He has fashioned a concise, economical recording with a minimum of gear and tracks. In his production notes he asks for our opinion on "how to get rid of the pick noise on the bass". Well, in our experience, short of abandoning the pick in favor of finger playing, switching to flatwound or tapewound strings can often greatly reduce this artifact. We might also suggest trying a felt pick, rather than the standard plastic variety; we have had good results over the years with them once you get used to the feel and thickness.

In the meantime, we would suggest that Tom reconsider leaving his bass as exposed in the arrangement as it currently stands during the outro. Surrounding the bass with some other sound source would seem to be an effective workaround until a new, less "picky" bass part can replace the old.

Summary: Off to a great start!

Contact: Tom Gresso, tom.gresso@apcc.com
About: Marty Peters

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