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An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

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"Fifty Years" by John Campoli

This one is called "Fifty Years". Written, arranged, recorded, mixed and produced totally by yours truly, as was the rest of the album. Mastering credit goes to Bob Katz.

This one is called "Fifty Years". Written, arranged, recorded, mixed and produced totally by yours truly,as was the rest of the album. Mastering credit goes to Bob Katz.

I purchased the equipment in June of 2006 and after many, many nights and weekends until two and three in the morning I "finished" learning, tracking and mixing in June of 2007.

It is my very first experience and a lot of credit goes to Audio Masterclass for all the tips and articles.

All things considered, not a bad first attempt. But then, I could be deaf. It was recorded on a Roland VS2480 without any external fx or preamps. Once the tempo was established I recorded a click track and started layering stuff.

The E-piano is a patch from an old Roland HP800 straight into the 2480, as was the homemade, five string fretless bass. Recording the bass was tricky for me as I am in no wise a bass player, so keeping a consistent level required help from the onboard compressor.

That was probably the biggest challenge along with the vocals, since I hadn't sung in about thirteen years. The voices, the mandolin, tambourine and the accordion, which was played by my son Daniel, was picked up by a Neumann TLM103.

Further information is available at www.johncampoli.com

By John Campoli Thursday November 30, 2006