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For All I Know
Artist Name:
Marco Gauthier
For All I Know
Date Posted:
September 2016
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

PC (3.2 Mhz Pentium IV) with Yamaha 01X controller/interface/mixer running Cakewalk SONAR, FXpansion BFD drum module, Sonitus:fx reverb and compressor, and Steinberg HALion (cello), Mics: Audio-Technica AT3035 (vocal), Shure SM57 (electric guitar). M-Audio monitors, Sennheiser HD280 headphones. ESP MII-Custom electric guitar, Peavey Rockmaster amp, Ovation acoustic guitar, Fender bass.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"For All I Know" is a male vocal rock song, Marco composed, programmed, performed and recorded the track.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
From his production notes, it is clear that Marco had a plan in mind for the sonics and arrangement of his submission. Let’s take a closer look and see if things worked out as planned.

The track intros with a heavily reverbed acoustic guitar and vocal that speak to Marco's desire for a "smooth atmospheric" sound for the track. Sadly, to our ears the amount of processing (particularly on the vocal) undermines another one of his goals, which was for the track to "sound up-close and personal".

As for the remaining sources, we found both the acoustic guitar and bass to be well recorded. We also felt that Marco did a solid job with his drum programming, although ironically this is where we would’ve liked to hear more reverb!

Suggestions: In our experience, ambience in a recording, whether achieved by actual distance miking or digital processing, is designed to create a spatial effect. This could be as small as a slap backdelay or as large as a hall reverb, but either way its role is to create the sense of space or distance. With that in mind, we would encourage Marco revisit his both his arrangement concept and his mix.

Stripping back a good deal of the reverb on the vocal track would actually bring the sonics much more in line with his stated goal of an intimate sound. Conversely, adding some ambience to his drums, especially the sidestick and snare sounds, would serve to enhance the atmospheric nature of the overall music bed. A little switcheroo and it's a win-win all around!

Summary: A few adjustments will bring it together.

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About: Marty Peters

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