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AES —The Official AES - Nashville Reference/Test CD
Artist:
AES
Album:
The Official AES - Nashville Reference/Test CD
Genre:
Reference Material
Rating:
4 Stars
Bottom
Line:
Essential audio reference for the studio.

No, it’s not a CD we listen to over and over again like the other material regularly featured here, but priced at only $12, it’s a CD you should buy for your studio.

The Audio Engineering Society’s Nashville section developed a reference CD containing seventy-one tracks of reference audio material for calibrating and testing your studio environment.

The tracks include test tones at specific frequencies (some even lower than our desktop computer speakers could even reproduce), phase tests, panning tests, digital meter calibration tests, and a lot more.

The CD jacket includes a description of all of the content, plus the CD features a data session containing useful utilities like BPM calculators, conversion tables, and links to a ton of useful reference material.

It’s the entire collection of materials and links that makes this a ridiculously appealing value. The only question is when you’re going to pick up a copy. You can order it directly from Quantegy’s online store.

–SK


 
 
3 Legged Dogg — Frozen Summer
Artist:
3 Legged Dogg
Album:
Frozen Summer
Genre:
Hard Rock
Rating:
3 Stars
Bottom
Line:
Early ‘90s style hard rock from an old-school metal super-group.

The past few years have seen more super-groups than we know what to do with, and 3 Legged Dogg are certainly entitled to be on the list. In some ways, they may lay claim to be the grandfather of super-groups, founded by drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath, Ozzy) and bassist Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow). They recruited vocalist Chas West (Bonham, Lynch Mob), and guitarists Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) and Brian Young (David Lee Roth) to put together a band that sounds more like STP or (perhaps) a more relaxed and melodic Soundgarden.

However you describe it, the songs are melodic hard rock arranged in a late ‘90s style, sometimes more ‘80s in tone, but without the sappiness, solidly performed, and well produced. Some of the tunes show off the band’s blues-metal underpinnings (“One Good Reason”) – think Whitesnake or Riverdogs, while “Bring The Hammer Down” makes you think these guys came from Seattle. We love the title track, too, which revealed a definite STP influence.

My only gripe – these guys seem a little too polished and relaxed – more like a band that has been together for a decade than a new lineup. Clearly, these guys found great chemistry playing together! But there’s no real edge to the music that tries to push it hard in one direction or another, and no real musical chances are taken performance-wise. It’s just solid hard rock that will appeal to ‘80s and ‘90s metal fans looking for something new that has “the right vibe” but doesn’t sound like Nickelback. A good, rockin’, listening CD for sure.

– SK

 
   
             
             
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