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Artist Name:
Michael D. Dombrowski
First Date, Last Dance
Date Posted:
March 2016
Equipment Used:

PC running Cakewalk SONAR Platinum with various plug-ins, Line 6 POD Farm 2.5, PG Music Band In A Box, and Toontrack EZdrummer 2. Mackie 24x8 console, PreSonus and Yorkville monitors, Alesis RA-100 power amp. Squier CV Telecaster.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"First Date, Last Dance" is a one-man-band country instrumental; Michael wrote programmed, and performed the piece.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Some fine work by Michael on this laid-back midtempo track. Submissions featuring pedal steel guitar are pretty rare around these parts; fortunately Michael has done a superb job with his on all fronts. While we have no real information on the steel guitar rig or his recording signal path, the results are stellar. Through our monitors the tone is rich and warm (no "ice pick" high end stuff here), with a really smooth sound. We also applaud Michael for his performance on the steel; the intonation is spot on to our ears, tricky to do on a fretless instrument!

As for the rest of the track, both the acoustic and electric guitars are well recorded and presented in the mix. We loved the tremolo effect on the electric, and Michael's deft chord choices gave the mix a nice sense of movement. Kudos as well for the nice panning scheme that allowed each of the guitars an individual voice minus any frequency masking. As for the rhythm section, the bass does its job nicely, though to our ears the snare drum had an overall brightness that distracted from the rest of the sound sources.

Suggestions: Obviously Michael's primary instruments are guitar-based, and he's darn good at them. In his cover letter, he tells us that his recording experience dates back to the 1980s, and from the overall balance of the arrangement and mix, it's pretty clear that his recording chops are still well honed.

As for the snare drum issue, we'd love to hear something a bit deeper to complement the smooth feel of the overall track. Fortunately EZdrummer 2 has myriad options in this regard, should Michael choose to take us up on our suggestion.

Summary: Impressive!

Contact: Michael D. Dombrowski,
About: Marty Peters

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