Mastering Blues CD's
Thu Jan 16 18:13:57 EST 2003
> Many of my most treasured recordings are acoustic, and
> later recordings of the "fly on the wall" variety.
And they were produced
> Sure there have been producers and/or "A&R men as long
> as there have been recordings, and the number of idiot
> A&R men stories told by veterans of the era are numberless.
That doesn't mean they are right!
> What I most miss is the old idea of "do it right or do it
> over." It often did a great job of focusing the musicians
> in a way no modern studio tool or producer can.
That is a producer's job!
> Few here are much interested in the same sorts of music I
> am, but what people like me treasure are those old "air
> check" recordings made off the air.
And they were produced, usually days before the broadcast.
which also had a producer (though the titles may have been different pre
<<<<Often tunes were done the artist never did commercially, or they were
totally different performances than their commercial releases.>>>
Recordings are moments in time.
> One of the greatest recordings Benny Goodman made for
> instance was his solo in "Sing Sing Sing" at the Carnegie
> Hall concert. A single mike over the stage, and it wasn't
> even intended to ever record the concert for release. But it
> captured something that probably would have been tossed
> out in a modern studio performance: Jess Stacy's solo.
That is conjecture! Probably not, as hot solos seem to be more common
> One thing of many I don't like about modern recordings is that
> in the quest for some sort of ideal composite performance
> is that all the juice is squeezed out.
Again you speak of exceptions. I am speaking of all recordings, and they
are, and have been, in general, produced!
> Was it really all improvised or rearranged between takes? I
> don't know but the thing is that today most people will never
> have a chance to even guess because what is issued will be one,
> often a composite performance.
Sometimes, but probably not.
> A phrase I like to use is "organic music": A performance that
> is entirely spontaneous, even if it's reading charts the whole way.
> But it's what happened without someone twiddling knobs and
> taking bits of this and bits of that to build the result.
It is my contention that it would be rare for you or anyone to know the
difference on a well produced record.
As for twiddling knobs. same as doing another take and moving the mich.. I
just think you speak of exceptions like they are the rule. They really are
A well produced album sounds exactly like it has not been produced
>>. But the ones I tend to favor are those where
> there is as little interference as circumstances require.
It is my contention that you just don't understand! But I really don't
expect you to.
NetSpace LISTSERV(R) software donated by L-Soft, Inc. http://www.lsoft.com
More information about the Blues-l