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SPOTLIGHT 99: Cast In Stone
Artist Name:
Off The Edge
SPOTLIGHT 99: Cast In Stone
Date Posted:
July 2016
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

PC with M-Audio Delta 1010 soundcards, running Cakewalk SONAR X3 (tracking and mixing), Adobe Audition (mastering). Yamaha HS50M monitors, beyerdynamic DT150 headphones.Mics: Rode NT2A (vocals), Shure SM57 (snare, electric guitar amp), AKG D112 (kick), Behringer B1 (toms and hi-hat), sE Electronics sE2200 (acoustic guitar). Ibanez Artwood acoustic guitar. Gibson Les Paul Standard with MI Audio Crunchbox and Blues Pro pedals into Marshall TSL602 guitar amp. Fender Jazz bass recorded DI through Line 6 Bass POD. Gretsch Catalina birch drum kit with Zildjan cymbals and hi-hats. Hammond C3 with Leslie, miked with Shure SM57, Sequential Circuits Pro One synth, Roland FP-80 Digital piano and D-50 synth.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Cast in Stone" is a male vocal rock song. Peter produced, arranged and played all of the guitars. Clint Cunningham handled the vocals. The keyboards were played by Dave Sharp. The rhythm section was Mike Dorea on bass and Glenn Welman on drums.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
This month's Spotlight comes to us all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa. Recorded and mixed in a converted garage, Peter and friends have submitted a huge sounding rock anthem from the confines of a rather small enclosure. Let's see how they did it!

Over the years we have admonished you loyal readers for overly long intros to your submissions. While our primary mission here at Readers' Tracks is to advise on recording-based issues, the fact is that tracks don't exist in a vacuum, and arrangements are a critical part of the whole. Fortunately the moody intro here is just full and long enough to keep our attention, while piquing our interest for what might be coming next. The combination of the effected acoustic guitars, along with the deep bass and cymbal swells, creates an ideal atmosphere in the space of eight measures. Perfect. Next up is Peter's knockout lead vocal. Talk about quintessential rock vocal tone and range... the man has got some serious singing chops that totally deliver the song's impassioned lyrics.

Moving on to the other instruments, everything here just sounds topnotch to our ears. The drums are superbly recorded and mixed in our opinion. Kudos to all involved for not overhyping the ambience on the kit; the focused kick and snare drive the song nicely without any arena-sized effects. We were also mighty impressed with Mike's excellent bass performance, and how about that tone from the Fender Jazz bass/Line 6 Bass POD combination—fat and articulate to boot!

It's pretty clear that Peter's skills carry over to the guitar side of things as well. In addition to the aforementioned acoustics, all of the electric guitar parts here are incredibly well-designed and executed. We especially dug the twin guitar/shred solo, perfect for the genre. Rounding things out are the various keyboards that support the track throughout. The piano in particular plays an essential role in the arrangement. It provides a voice necessary to keep the energy of the track from dipping during the transitions from the heavy chorus back to the verses. Again, very well designed and played.

Lastly, we need to complement Peter on the quality of his mix and mastering job. He very skillfully presented a powerful mix while keeping the dynamics of the performances and arrangement beautifully intact. Bravo!

Suggestions: Yes folks, you can have your cake and eat it too. Volume, dynamics, shadows AND light.

Summary: Shine on, fellas!

Contact: Peter Hanmer,
About: Marty Peters

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