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Too Good To Me
Artist Name:
RS Cain
Too Good To Me
Date Posted:
February 2016
Equipment Used:

Quad-core PC running Cakewalk SONAR X1, iZotope Ozone 4, Native Instruments Kontakt 5 (horns), Cakewalk Session Drummer 3 (drums) and Studio Instruments (piano). MXL V63M microphone (vocals), Fender Telecaster guitar and Yamaha bass recorded direct through Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Too Good to Me" is a male vocal blues tune. RS did it all in his home studio.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Ah, a swinging blues song with celebratory lyrics -- we like it! RS has put together a mostly successful track here that could benefit from a slight bit of tweaking in a few spots. First the good stuff, though.

We were really impressed by the overall volume and presence that RS achieved on his overall mix. "Too Good to Me" practically jumps out of our monitors, but it does so without any of the nasty artifacts that so often accompany a "hot" mix, the main culprits being overcompression/limiting.

As is the case with most recording musicians, the quality of tone and performance during a track usually points to that person’s area of expertise, and here it is RS's undeniable guitar chops. Recorded directly into his DAW with Guitar Rig 5 software, the sound of RS's Fender Telecaster is killer in our opinion. The tone here is chewy, with a slightly nasal quality that is more Robbie Robertson than Albert Collins, and the playing is just as tasty as can be. Bravo, sir!

We also loved the big swinging bass tone that RS got via his Yamaha bass/Guitar Rig 5 signal path. The bass seems to put the whole track on its back and carry it with a big fat tone. RS also did a fine job with his vocal here as well, full and present in keeping with the rest of the track.

As for the problem areas, we found the snare drum to be awfully "spitty" sounding, reminiscent of early digital drum machines. We also felt that the transition from the full-tilt chorus into the piano solo caused the song to have a pretty noticeable energy drop.

Suggestions: RS did such a fine job with his software-based guitar and bass tones that we have to believe he can do the same with the snare, using his Session Drummer 3 tools. Finding, and then emulating, a great snare sound from a favorite commercial release would be a great place to start. As for the energy drop, while we are all for dynamics in a mix, leaving a little more rhythm guitar in behind the piano solo would have been wise in our opinion.

Summary: A strong solo effort!

Contact: RS Cain,
About: Marty Peters

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