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Your Miracle Man
 
Artist Name:
Jim Nystrom and Steve Ogden
  Title:
Your Miracle Man
 
Date Posted:
April 2016
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

PC With M-Audio 2626 interface running Cakewalk SONAR Producer 8, with Sony Drum Tools ACID Loops for rhythm track, Waves reverb and compressors, and IK Multimedia T-RackS 3 multiband compressor for mastering. Mackie 32-8 mixer and HR824 monitors. Shure KSM32 for vocals, SM57 for amp. Fender Strat and Paul Reed Smith guitars, Ibanez bass. Line 6 POD xt and Boogie Heartbreaker guitar amplification, Line 6 Bass POD xt bass preamp.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Your Miracle Man" is a male vocal rock song. Jim played the guitars, recorded and mastered the track. Steve arranged, played the bass, programmed the drums and sang the vocals.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
A fine bit of blue eyed soul with a rock edge here from Jim and Steve. Starting with the source, "Your Miracle Man" is a darn fine piece of writing, both musically and lyrically. We've all heard the old saying "a great recording of a bad song is still a bad song"? Well, fortunately that's not the case here.

As for the nuts and bolts of the track, we found most of the sound sources to be pretty successful. Steve wisely kept the programmed drums within the scope of reason, and we liked the snappy kick and snare that he fashioned from his Sony Drum Tools library. We also loved the performance, tone and placement of all of the vocals in the track. Steve's smooth delivery was a perfect match with the Shure KSM32 condenser mic used here. Nice!

Now for our concerns. The busy bass guitar cut a pretty wide swath through the mix to our ears, sitting somewhat out front of the drums throughout the song. This was further highlighted by the thin/bright tone that Jim got from his Fender Strat, which we found to be ideal in this setting. We also thought that the guy's valiant attempt at an Isley Bros. "Who's That Lady" phased/flanged guitar effect fell a bit short of the mark during the guitar solo here. "A" for effort, though!

Suggestions: Lots to admire, and very little to fault with Jim's and Steve's work. We would, however, suggest that the bass get tucked back into the mix some, so it could couple more with the programmed drums. As for the guitar solo, it's a great concept that simply needs a bit more experimentation to replicate.

Summary: Lots of positives to work with!

Contact: Jim Nystrom, jim@4nystroms.com; Steve Ogden, ogden@lunaentertainment.com
About: Marty Peters

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