Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Jan 25, 2010.
The studio wizard Alan Parsons
That's what I was always wondering. Why are there not more recordings with less mics?
I just got a very nice CD of a Jazz quartet, recorded with just two mics. Not the most pin point focus, but very natural acoustics with real world imaging. No 10ft arms of drummers etc.
Yeah, you can make every record have the same amount of low end or top end or vocal or drums or whatever. They're all different by design. A Tool record will have more low end than a Celine Dion album (as it should).
I wish we could still make records like that but styles have changed. It just wouldn't be accepted for most pop music unless you have a retro gimmick like Lenny Kravitz.
The master at work:
Very true. For jazz, though, or other small-group "acoustic" music, it is occasionally done. I've posted two ROUGH MIXES (be nice!) from a 2009 session of mine that had 3 players and 4 mics, recorded to 4 tracks, no processing. Samples are here.
I think it isn't accepted by today's engineers, not the record buying public.
Doesn't look familiar to me. This is Glyn:
...surely, that's no question...what I'm speaking of is when comparable music sounds very different.
If for example it's really possible to tweak every recording to a proper level of bass, take Classic records Bill Evans/Live @ Montreux: it has a very low bass level while similar groups are well balanced on other of their issues. Either they mastered on different equipment or the original recording must have been too extreme to tweak it to a realistic tonality.
It has to get through a lot of very picky people before it can be heard by the public. But yeah, I'm not sure the public cares much about anything beyond the basic beat, lyrics and artist. As I always say we only engineer for other engineers.
Ethan Johns has a similar recording style to his father, no?
1966 BBC world service radio,Bush House
'This is London'
emi btr2 record suite(with presto disc cutters oov)E7
an edit suite E10
my first studer
VOA tx suite (willis conover jazz hour)
What is your history? I think a lot of us would be interested in hearing some stories about where you worked and what you worked on.
joined the beeb in '65
technical operator, bush house
studio manager ,bush house '66
ast sound recordist, television film studios,ealing w5 '67
sound recordist,bbc bristol '74
freelance recordist '92
loved radio, editing in vietnamese etc etc
studio managing ,live in japanese and farsi
but no travel
went to tele
almost too much travel...
first job abroad,
'the search for the nile' 6 X 1 hrs about victorian explorers searching for the source of the great river .
I had previously studio managed 'Good Morning Africa' live to Africa
Now I could hear it blaring out from the chiefs hut in the village....
Was a boom'op on lots of great 60/70 BBC Drama films
Then went documentary at BBC Bristol Natural History Unit
Life on Earth etc ,Attenboroughs
Plenty more Drama film in the 80's
Fools and Horse's comedy in the 90's
Then BBC military history,battlefield tours etc
now I record music only and 'pro bono' (cheltenham international music festival)
Dare I say it...this thread...AUDIO PORN.
Captain on the bridge!
Wow! Quite a career.
My wife (who is is from the Bristol area too) and her whole family love Fools and Horses. Got the DVDs for her last year Christmas.
Ahead Warp factor one Sulu!
Sigma Sound in Philadelphia:
Lee Perry's Black Ark:
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Kate Bush - place and date unknown
Peter Gabriel sampling the sound of smashing a bottle, using a Fairlight CMI, ca. 1979.
Larry Fast (Synergy), Gabriel's keyboard player from 1977-83, has a slew of great studio and live photos from the first four PG albums and tours - including several of Gabriel's various home studios - at: synergy-emusic.com/petergabriel
1. Peter in the control room at Nimbus 9 Studios, Toronto, September 1976.
2. Kate Bush and Peter at the Townhouse Studio B, London.
3. The studio mascot; a sacrificial microphone pop filter on top of the digital stopwatch. The desk is an SSL 4000B at the Townhouse, one of the first SSLs installed anywhere.
That's a good picture but no way in hell it's from 1967! The guy might have meant 1977.
Great career Roger. Only Fools is still the best comedy series ever in my book.
It was tremendous fun
met some very talented people and went to outlandish and almost unknown places especially with the NHU (80+ countries)
my last show ever was a 3 month study of the cultural history of Paris..we entered the sewers near hotel de ville and came up in the Opera to witness a ballet by Stravinski.
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