SH Spotlight Real nice Steve Hoffman interview in 2 parts, both up now!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by robertk, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. carrolls

    carrolls Forum Resident

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    I think this was the reason why CD Mastering 2 of Born To Run is the forum favorite. Because the vocals are the most natural sounding.
     
  2. Pizza

    Pizza Forum Resident

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    Good interview! Nice read. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. O Don Piano

    O Don Piano Forum Resident

    Good interview, very down-to-earth questions and replies. Anyone who thinks audiophiles are maladjusted control freaks and weirdos should read this!

    One thing I learned years ago, is Steve's approach to mastering. It was an "Aha!!" moment, and became the same approach I try to use when mixing:
    When he was remastering CCR albums, he concentrated on Fogerty's vocals, and built the remastering process and frequency tweaks around that.
    Ever since, when I mix live, I try to apply that to my mix choices. Whenever possible, I look at YouTube videos, or recordings of the - usually local- band I'm working with. I get the focus of the band, and go from there. You don't have to make everything be in your face and bassy, like a lot of sound mixers do these days. Gets fatiguing after a short while.
     
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  4. Sam

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    Very nice interview. I am one of those early 500 to 700 members that was a member of the original DCC forum. I've been here basically since the start and I'm proud to say that I check in almost every day. Great site and great members! Thanks Steve. Would love to shake your hand some day. Guys like Fremer and Hoffman are people who I look up to as "Rock Stars."
     
  5. hodgo

    hodgo Tea Making Gort (Yorkshire Branch) Staff

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    What a fabulous interview, with excellent questions and answers from John Seetoo and Steve.
     
  6. johnny q

    johnny q Forum Resident

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    Great stuff!!
     
  7. Lon

    Lon Active Member

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    Great interview!
     
  8. mrstats

    mrstats Well-Known Member

    Excellent interviews! Thanks for posting these.
     
  9. PDK

    PDK Well-Known Member

    That was excellent.

    So he likes the new "Pepper"? :)
     
  10. gates69

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    Enjoyed that very much. Thanks!
     
  11. npc210

    npc210 Forum Resident

    Thanks for the link ... great interviewer and similarly great answers from our host.
     
  12. ifyouever

    ifyouever Well-Known Member

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    Great interview of a great guy whose lifelong personal passion has added untold value to my life.
     
  13. Chazzbo13

    Chazzbo13 Forum Resident

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    Fascinating interview. I am blessed to work with an audio engineer (I'm a video producer) who also believes in the power of analog, and he always creates art with even the simplest voiceover work...
     
  14. Sneaky Pete

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    I just read part 2. Excellent, and I agree with Steve I wish companies go back to natural sounding recordings. I've come to realize many younger listeners don't know the timbre of actual instruments.

    Some under 40 music lovers I am friendly with listen to a wide variety of music from all eras. They are open to different genres but they can't distinguish a sax from a clarinet or a trumpet from a trombone. They'll often say, "I love this sound, what instrument is that?"

    They were raised in an era of drum machines, sampling, and synthesizers. In addition many schools didn't have bands or music programs for students so they have no frame of reference for unprocessed natural acoustic instruments.
     
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  15. Even if they don't know the sounds of instruments they should be very familiar with how the human voice sounds and be able to recognize when a recorded human voice sounds natural. We're around unprocessed natural sounding human voices all the time.
     
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  16. Eric Weinraub

    Eric Weinraub Forum Resident

    Fantastic interview. While I have been a serious music lover my entire life, it was only in the last 25 that I really came to appreciate Steve, Kevin Gray, Bob Ludwig, Doug Sax etc. Their contributions to my enjoyment are immeasurable.
     
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  17. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Great interview.
     
  18. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

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    Good stuff
     
  19. ibekeen

    ibekeen Forum Resident

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    Great interview. We need Part three. Steve has great stories if you can pry them out of him.
     
  20. Jam757

    Jam757 Forum Resident

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    Thanks for posting, really enjoyed reading this!
     
  21. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    quite enjoyed this...thanks.
     
  22. AndrewS

    AndrewS Well-Known Member

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    Cheers for the heads-up. That was an enjoyable read!
     
  23. spice9

    spice9 Forum Resident

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    It could have been pointed out when discussing the Forum that Steve never charged a nickel for membership and never sought ads. Very generous.
     
  24. side3

    side3 Well-Known Member

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    That was a great interview!
     
  25. BIGGER Dave

    BIGGER Dave Forum Resident

    Here is another SH interview from nearly 20 years (DEC 1997)!

    Steve Hoffman (Producer)

    (Didn't see this posted previously, my apologies if it's already been posted.)
     

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