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SPOTLIGHT 96: With Out A Name
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SPOTLIGHT 96: With Out A Name
Date Posted:
April 2016
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Apple iMac with Avid 003 Rack interface and PreSonus DigiMax 8 8-channel preamp, running Avid Pro Tools 8 and 9 with Waves, Nomad Blue Tube and Avid Eleven plug-ins. KRK Rokit Powered 6 Generation 2 Studio Monitors. Mics: sE Electronics 2200 on vocals and acoustic guitar, plus an old Sennheiser condenser mic on some acoustic guitar tracks. Gibson Standard Holoflec Les Paul and Line6 300 Variax guitars played DI into PreSonus DigiMax 8; Yamaha Compass CPX-15N acoustic guitar, Fender Deluxe Jaguar Bass. Roland V-drums with a TD-12 module along with Steven Slate Drums.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"With Out A Name" is a female vocal rock song. Michele Zaccone wrote and co-produced, sang the vocals, and played the acoustic and electric rhythm guitars. J.B. Lamont engineered and mixed the track and also played the drums and some of the guitars. Dino Ferreri played lead and rhythm embellishments, and Tyler Vunk played bass. The song was mastered by John Rogers from Big Label Sound Studio in L.A.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
This month's Spotlight is a masterfully written and arranged track, chock full of great performances with a "know it when you hear it" commercial appeal that comes from a team of contributors on top of their game.

We absolutely love the swaying rhythm section feel that J.B. and Tyler present here. The bass pulls the track forward while the drums play slightly back in the pocket, creating a "loose but tight" feel that creates a fantastic bed for the remaining sound sources. We must also congratulate everyone for the tonal goodness here. Tyler's robust performance comes with an equally robust tone from his Fender Jaguar bass -- equal parts low muscle and midrange snap, the bass absolutely propels the track.

While we have long been fans of Roland products in general (long live the sadly discontinued VS2480 digital multitrack!), the combination of the Roland V-Drums/TD-12 with the Steven Slate Drums sample library is an absolute win-win in our book. It provides all of the visceral excitement derived by playing vs. programming, along with a huge library of great tones.

Moving on, Michele's acoustic guitar is presented sans much of the low-mid thump that we often find on solo acoustic recordings, and this thinner tone helps it have its own voice in the mix. Nicely panned, the acoustic guitar frequency stays out of the area allotted for the bass, allowing for a masking-free delivery on both instruments. Next up is the electric guitar, and once again both the performance and tone are topnotch. We love the subtle breakup distortion on the guitar, even more so since no amp was used in the process!

Saving the best for last, Michele's captivating vocals are killer here. Dry, present, and strong, they bring an "it" factor to the song that elevates the other sound sources into a "radio friendly" track. Well done!

Summary: We have said it before in these pages, but once again the sound of an actual band doing its thing with all members moving in the same direction is a powerful force. Add in skillful songwriting, a superior arrangement, great tones/performances and charisma, and what's not to like? Of course, all of this would have been for naught if not recorded properly, but fortunately in J.B. the group has both a skilled drummer and also a fine engineer!

Summary: Catchy as a winter cold... in a good way, of course!

Contact: J.B. Lamont/Tethered,,
About: Marty Peters

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