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Answer For You
Artist Name:
Answer For You
Date Posted:
December 2016
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Apple MacBook Air with M-Audio Oxygen 25 MIDI controller running Ableton Live 9. MXL V67 condenser mic. KRK Rokit 5 monitor speakers, beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones. Epiphone Les Paul Traditional guitar, Peavey Vypyr VIP1 amp, Takamine 12-string guitar, Ibanez SDGR bass guitar, Pearl drum set.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Answer For You" is a male vocal light rock tune. BenKi was the wearer of all the hats on the project.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 2
In his production notes BenKi tells us that he is new to the world of recording and that he would appreciate any help we could provide. Well, good sir, you have come to the right place! Let us delve in and see what is what, shall we?

After repeated listening, our overall impression is that BenKi's mix is suffering from both balance and panning (or lack thereof) issues. Through our monitors, both the lead and harmony vocals were considerably out in front of the other sound sources, resulting in a "top-heavy" feel that we found distracting. We also felt that the high-end frequency bump on BenKi's MXL V67 mic was not quite meshing with his voice.

As for the sound field concerns, everything here seems to be presented "straight up the gut" as a football coach might say, resulting in (for starters) some masking between the electric guitar and the bass. On the plus side, the vocals were superbly blended with each other in that Everly Bros. fashion, and the fact that BenKi actually played/recorded everything here sans programming or plug-ins gets big props from us!

Suggestions: Once again we congratulate BenKi for his ambitious undertaking. It's hard enough to wear any one of these various hats, much less all of them!

As for the fix-me-ups, while there is certainly nothing wrong with mixing in "mono", it just takes a rather different approach to be successful. We suggest instead that BenKi experiment with the possibilities of the stereo field, beginning with moving his rhythm guitars out to the left and right of center, leaving the middle of his mix for the bass guitar, kick/snare drums, lead vocal, and lead guitar. Once that is accomplished, we would love to hear the vocal volume reduced, allowing for a better blend with the instrument bed.

Lastly, regarding the mic/voice marriage, while the MXL V67 is highly regarded as an affordable quality unit, condenser mics are not always the perfect fit for every voice. Artists as varied as Stevie Wonder, Wilco, and Fleetwood Mac have all had great success using dynamic microphones in the studio. There have been many fine articles through the years on this vary topic in Recording, and they would be a great resource for BenKi in his future projects.

Summary: A fine start!

Contact: BenKi,
About: Marty Peters

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