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Hmm.. when the 'upload audio' feature first appeared on Audio Masterclass, I didn't quite know what kind of genie had been let out of the bottle.

I expected the odd track every day or so. That would have been enough to make the project worthwhile.

But tracks are flooding in! Needless to say there's a bit of a backlog and we're at the point where a track has to have some particularly interesting feature to appear on the site.

And here's a track that has an amazingly interesting feature. But first, take a listen...

You know what I like most about it?

It's short.

Yes, I am definitely coming round to the view that demo tracks should be under a minute long. If you can't impress in a minute, then it's unlikely that more time would make any difference.

I'm not totally happy about the tuning of the vocal, but the voice is basically good and the tuning issue could be fixed with a little more attention (not with Auto-Tune!).

What I do like however is that the sound is full, and the instruments blend together. Here's what the submitter has to say...

"I recorded drums with one kick, one snare-hat and two small condenser mics into a small Behringer board, all mixed to a MONO track. I recorded this song, and the entire CD it's from on a Zoom MRS4 4-track! Drum track was compressed and a touch of verb added."

Recorded on a 4-track! And through a Behringer mixer!!

(Actually I don't mind Behringer. It's cheap, cheerful and generally gets the job done. There is a large body of opinion out there however that doesn't like Behringer one little bit.)

I think this must stand as conclusive proof that you don't need a 96-track Pro Tools HD system to make a convincing recording, even included live drums. There are plenty of commercially released CDs that don't sound any better than this.

But there's a question. Why is the submitter not going to succeed with this track? It's way better than a lot of material out there, and clearly if he recorded on a 4-track he has excellent recording skills.

Simple...

I don't know his name!!

Please, when you submit audio, send in whatever credits you want to see here. You can credit the whole band and entourage of hangers-on if you like.

Oh, and if this your song - please let us know who you are.

Comments please... is this a great recording for a 4-track? Or should the submitter have used that 96-track Pro Tools HD system after all...?

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By David Mellor Thursday November 30, 2006
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