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Dusty Clouds
Artist Name:
The Is I Ain't
Dusty Clouds
Date Posted:
August 2016
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

PC with Digidesign Mbox interface running Digidesign Pro Tools LE 8; dbx 266 (Project 1) compressor/gate/limiter, Lexicon Alex reverb/delay, Korg DRV-1000 digital reverb, Yamaha GC2020BII compressor, PreSonus TubePre. Mics: Audix F10, F12, and F15; MXL 990 and 991.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"The Is I Ain't" is a male vocal rock song. Ricky Martinez sang the lead vocal, Gabrelle Hernandez sang backing vocals, Jorge Quevedo played the guitars and bass, and Alain Hernandez played drums and percussion and also produced and mixed the track.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 2
Quite an ambitious submission here from The Is I Ain't. Letís take a closer look at this rather complex track, and see what's under the hood.

Upon first listen it was pretty clear that the guys were setting up a certain ambience here, with multiple layers of percussion accompanied by several canned "effects", thunder included. To our ears the overall sound was on the bright side and rather thin.

Although it took some time, the rhythm section eventually enters the scene, but not with enough low-end presence to counterbalance the brightness of the other sound sources in our opinion. While the performances are certainly solid, through our monitors and headphones the entire track seems to be in need of a heaping dose of low-end power, followed by some rebalancing/remixing.

Suggestions: In our experience, overall thinness in a mix can often be traced back to room acoustics or monitoring issues. Alas, since the band didnít tell us what kind of monitors they used when tracking or mixing, it is difficult to ascertain whether this is truly the cause, but we'd be willing to venture that it is playing a part.

Seriously, Readersí Tracks folks... I havenít had to say it in a while and I was enjoying the fact, but apparently itís time for a reminder! There is nothing more frustrating to me than someone who takes time to list everything from specific model year of their vintage bass amp to which loop library they got the shaker part from... followed by what brand of picks and strings they use!... and doesnít mention monitors or headphones. I need to know how youíre hearing this stuff or itís much harder (if not impossible) for me to track down where you went wrong. A word to the wise is sufficient!

Our general advice in these types of cases is to suggest some active A/Bing, along with checking reference mixes on various monitor/car/computer/earbud speakers, in an effort to establish a full, balanced blend with all of the various frequency ranges represented on these different playback systems. Therefore, this is where we will steer Alain... and any other of you loyal readers who may be experiencing similar problems.

Summary: Check those mixes, fellas!

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