Just watched your video about vocal rooms and it struck a chord with me.
40 – some years ago I was fortunate to serve an apprenticeship in a professional recording studio . (The Record Plant in Sausolito). These were the days before digital. Much of what I learned was about microphone selection and placement. Back in these days there was no ability to go back and correct sound digitally, so great care had to be taken to get the sound right in the first place.
Much of what I hear now sounds over manipulated to me, with less initial quality of sound. Especially compared to some of the great sound captured in the pre-digital days. Listen to Muddy Water’s albums on Chess. Or early Beatles albums. When I listen to early Steely Dan albums I hear the layers that were recorded and then assembled.
Maybe I’m just old and a Luddite but I think that in some cases over reliance on digital fixes has eroded the craft of capture quality sound initially.
August 12, 2013
J, You are correct. Vocals today are over-processed. Listen to what they did to Adell’s voice. I have heard her live and she sings like an angel. Her voice raises the hair on your arms. Try to find that magic in her overprocessed recordings. One issue I see today, even among the very financially successful, is lack of a reference on what is possible. I constantly refer them to older recordings for that reference. Their first reaction is to try and duplicate that sound quality in the digital domain. When I tell them that that is not possible, they look at me like I am from Mars. I then take them to my studio and their eyes and ears open to their new reference. We must keep fighting for analog. Thank you for your response. Stay in touch. Here is my personal email: email@example.com