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Crusin On
 
Artist Name:
David Sensat
  Title:
Crusin On
 
Date Posted:
December 2015
 
Genre:
Blues
Equipment Used:

Korg D3200 desktop mixer/recorder, VOX ToneLab, ART StudioV3 Tube MP, MXL V57M mic, Beta Monkey drum loops, live bongos and hi-hats, Squier Bass, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Stratocaster, KRK Rokit 6 Monitors, Audio-Technica ATH-M45 headphones, IK Multimedia T-RackS 24 mastering software.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Crusin On" is a male vocal blues/rock song. David wrote the music and played the guitars and bass. Parker Townsend wrote the lyrics, sang the lead vocal, and played bongos and hi-hats.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 4
A mighty fine overall effort from David and Parker. Recorded on a standalone Korg D3200 multitracker, the guys certainly know how to bring the funk to the party!

Starting with the rhythm section, the decision to augment the basic drum kit programming with the bongos here allows for a lot of excitement, similar in concept to the classic early Allman Bros. sound. Through our monitors the balance between the two weighed a bit heavy in favor of the bongos, although this may have been a conscious choice that was made to "disguise" the programmed drums.

Moving on to the bass, both the tone and performance continue the Allmans vibe, with plenty of movement and a bright, articulate tone. As for the guitars, David's killer guitar style is a lot more Austin TX than Macon GA. We absolutely love the tone coming from that Fender Strat/VOX ToneLab combination, and hats off to David for his fiery yet nuanced playing. Killer!

Parker also stepped up to the plate in fine fashion here, his worldly vocals are delivered quite nicely through the MXL V57M condenser mic/ART StudioV3 Tube MP signal chain. No sibilance or other artifacts in sight.

As for potential problem spots, to our ears the heavy reverb on the drum kit was a bit much, especially during the song’s intro, where it sounds somewhat unbalanced in the stereo field.

Suggestions: As you can see, we were pretty darn impressed with "Crusin On" and all of the thought and work that went into it. As for suggestions, reducing the reverb on the drums would integrate them more smoothly in the track, as would reducing the volume of the bongos by a hair or two.

Summary: Bravo, sirs!

Contact: David Sensat, davidsensat@sbcglobal.net
About: Marty Peters

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