SH Spotlight I'm asked stuff: Favorite mastering engineer, best BOSTON CD, best TRAVELING WILBURYS CD, etc..

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Make it sound better.
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  2. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Tastes have changed, I guess.
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  3. Sadly, a tendency to record and/or master albums with more "punch and clarity" (equating to turning up the bass and treble until it hurts) is the order of the day, leading to a whole shipload of sibilance and ridiculous, mind-boggling bottom end. I want to hear vocals as they should sound. Sibilance begone. And that, in a nutshell, is what I like about a SH mastered disc - work outwards from the vocals.
    U2 - massive sibilance, tambourine is louder than the whole band - c'mon Eno!!! WTF?
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  4. Batears52

    Batears52 Forum Resident

    Near Baltimore, MD
    When can you start? (All I can offer is dinner with Maryland crab cakes!)
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  5. noahjld

    noahjld Der Wixxer


    In what way though?
  6. Record Rotator

    Record Rotator Forum Resident

    Steve, would you consider mastering any of Dan Fogelberg's albums from his classic years (1972-1981)? Souvenirs? Nether Lands? The Innocent Age? And do you think that would even be a possibility?
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  7. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Change from thin and mean to not thin and mean.
  8. GlobalObserver

    GlobalObserver Observing The Globe Since 1964

  9. Crawlin From The Wreckage

    Crawlin From The Wreckage Custom Titled

    Interesting. Do you have a source for this information?
  10. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    As our host said here, ...

  11. MPLRecords

    MPLRecords Owner of nine copies of Tug of War

    Rochester, NY
    In your expert opinion, how do you think the sound of Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full got so screwed up?
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  12. FrankenStrat

    FrankenStrat Forum Resident

    Well now, this reinforces my own opinion of Who's Next on LP. I bought a copy in 1971 shortly after it was released in the UK on Track Records and was thoroughly underwhelmed by what I heard. Here was the greatest rock 'n' roll band of the time and what I was listening to was fairly lifeless. I decided not to bring the album with me when I migrated to Australia in 1975 so I sold it to a good friend.

    For better or worse I purchased the "remixed and remastered" 1995 Polydor CD and this, for me at least, is the band I should have been hearing in 1971. Punchy and dynamic as The 'Oo should be heard.
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  13. Joker to the thief

    Joker to the thief Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for the forum, it's really helped me to upgrade my collection with better sounding recordings.

    Are there any genres of music that you think it's impossible to capture properly on tape? I'm thinking of stuff like New Orleans brass bands - for me I love the live sound but on record it always seems to lose a great deal (maybe it's a limbic system response thing) Happy to take any recommendations for great brass brand recordings/masterings :)
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  14. seacliffe301

    seacliffe301 Forum Resident

    Let's talk Ringo's recorded drum sound. Any thoughts or opinions? Cleary that process evolved throughout the years. Any guesses as to how or why the drums on "Abbey Road" are so much more dynamic than say on "Rubber Soul"? I would not simply contribute that to the use of his newly acquired Hollywood Ludwig's, he used those on some of the tracks on the "White Album".
    Just to confirm, I am not looking to criticize or disparage. I admire what I heard on those records. He may have had the best sounding kick drum in the business. I wasn't a fan of the tea towel over the snare, but that's just me.
    Just looking for your educated guess as to what evolved.

    ps. Love the shot here of the Wilbury's. I'm guessing guitars are from Tom Petty's collection. Couldn't help but notice that Petty, Harrison, & Orbison all had the common sense (or respect) to rest the guitars on their shoes.
  15. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    What are some of your favorite albums recorded on the API board?
  16. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Baja Virginia
    I'll take a guess. I believe Abbey Road was the only Beatles album recorded on eight tracks, and I've read that it was the only album where Ringo's drums were recorded in stereo. More tracks probably allowed them to place more mics around his kit, and having his initial takes tracked in stereo means there would have been more mixing options in the end.

    Or, more simply, the whole album sounds more "modern" (i.e. like a 70s album and not a 60s album) than Rubber Soul.
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  17. Dee Zee

    Dee Zee Once Upon a Dream

    Portions of the White were recorded on 8 track as well. But all of Abbey Road was on 8 track. I thought The Beach Boys were the first to actually record in true stereo and that was on the Holland album. But I may be wrong.
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  18. Todd Fredericks

    Todd Fredericks Senior Member

    A New Yorker
    My sketchy recollection for part of the reason Ringo’s drum sound changed on Abbey Road was the move to solid state from tubes/valves.
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  19. applebonkerz

    applebonkerz Forum Resident

    Different drum kit by Abbey Road time as well, no?
  20. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

    Milwaukee, WI
    At the time of Rubber Soul, Norman Smith was only using 2 mics on the drums: one on the kick and one overhead. By the time of Abbey Road, engineers were using more mics, typically on the toms, the hi-hat, and under the snare.

    The End and I Want You (She's So Heavy) were the only tracks on Abbey Road with stereo drums. Glyn Johns had also previously recorded tracks from the Get Back/Let It Be sessions with stereo drums (Get Back and Don't Let Me Down included), albeit with fewer mics (4 total). While not common, the practice originated in the early '60s.

    While it's true that much of Abbey Road was recorded with the solid state TG 12345 mk I desk instead of the valve REDD.51, a bigger difference is that the TG desk allowed each mic to have its own channel on the desk, with individual EQ and compression. On the REDD desks the various drum mics had to be pre-mixed prior to entering the desk, limiting processing choices.
  21. seacliffe301

    seacliffe301 Forum Resident

    Yes, you are correct, however this new kit did make it's way onto a few of the lastly recorded "White Album" tracks with little or no audible difference.
    I would tend to believe it had more to do with what others have mentioned here: micing techniques, number of mics (and recorded tracks), as well as specifics of mics chosen.
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  22. Tom Daniels

    Tom Daniels Forum Resident

    He also had new toms that he liked and used them heavily. His style changed.
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  23. shokhead

    shokhead Forum Resident

    Long Beach,SoCa
    Ringo's style changed?
  24. Tom Daniels

    Tom Daniels Forum Resident

    Well, he layer a lot more toms. Listen to Something.
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  25. shokhead

    shokhead Forum Resident

    Long Beach,SoCa
    I've listened a few hundred times like everyone else. I'm more music changed so he adjusted or added but his style didn't imo.

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