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Now You Know Why
 
Artist Name:
Jay Mitchell / Life Without...
  Title:
Now You Know Why
 
Date Posted:
May 2016
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

PC running Cakwalk SONAR 8 and Toontrack EZdrummer, Audio-Technica AT2020 condenser mic, and Ibanez guitar and bass.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Now You Know Why" is a male vocal rock song. Jay one-man-banded the track at his home studio.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 2
There's a very interesting sonic landscape happening in this high energy track. Using his Toontrack EZdrummer software, Jay has fashioned a drum sound that could be described as equal parts punk and garage band. By this we mean an aggressive performance with wide panning, slashing cymbals, bright tones, and an ambience that would indicate a distant room miked scheme in a space with a lot of hard surfaces at play. Also, the electric guitar tones here are simply massive, with no shortage of low/mid-frequency action.

That said, neither the guitars or the bass shared the sonic room ambience of the drum kit. Through our monitors they both had a much more present quality that pushed them forward in the overall mix. This trend continued to an even greater extent with the vocals, which are basically spoken during the verses and sung out through the chorus sections. Presence is the overall impression we get with the vocals -- again, miles away from the drum sounds.

Suggestions: In our opinion, intent plays an enormous role in the creative/recording process. More so than one's DAW, microphones or instruments, one's vision for a recording, from the writing/arranging right on through to the final mixing and mastering, is critical.

From the overall quality of Jay's submission, it's clear that he is no stranger to the various elements that make up a successful track. If the disparate ambience found here were accidental, or from lack of experience, we would be advising Jay to close the sonic gap between his drums and the additional sound sources. In our estimation, however, the disparity found here was by design, and therefore should stay as such. Jay should just be aware that his vision isn't guaranteed to "click" with every listener.

Summary: Vision caries the day!

Contact: Jay Mitchell / Life Without..., canadianjam9969@hotmail.com
About: Marty Peters

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