Posted: Dec 12, 2011 7:48 am |
Edited by: tigerblinds
I just like the meat and potatoes recorded live in studio w/ one or two tracks left to polish things up w/ whatever they may need. Since that flies in the face of all production values since the 70s I clash with musicians all the time over it. Funny thing is most of the amateur "musicians" I work with still haven't figured out that you're not supposed to record hot in digital and always insist on recording everything seperately.
I think people in general have a hard time of looking at what tools you have at hand and adjusting appropriately...everyone wants to record the Fleetwood Mac way and don't even want to consider the Sgt. Peppers way, or more to my liking is the Phil Spector way. I tell people, recording all the tracks one at a time w/ half assed leveling, is going to sound like a crap demo, and then they say "well this is a crap demo". My way of thinking is that I'd rather have a demo that sounds like a throw back to the distant past than some thrown together sounding shit. Still I always let whoever I'm working with do whatever the hell they want, I don't consider band material "art" to get defensive about. You tell folks you want to record live and that pretty much ensures you don't get to do shit in most bands.
Greg most everything you do sounds like an homage to fundamental 70's recording techniques to me, Reigning Sound always achieves that sense of other worldliness and a throw back to another era. Not so much Fleetwood Mac, but Harry Nilson or Serge Gainsbourg or Dutronc or something. The "polishing" is of little consequence. If I say you're music could be more 'raw' it only implies that you could kick it even further back a generation or two, after all I love the crude Chess recordings more than anything....a reel to reel, a bottle of whiskey, a ribbon mic, and 5 guys in a cold cement room....eventualy I'm going to put my own band together where I have final say, and that's going to be the style of all initial recordings. I'm working on a country blues record in my living room, It's going to be recorded with 2 condensor mics onto a high end Akai reel to reel, assuming is still works after a german sheppard pissed all over it in my sisters basement, mixed down to mono. That's just where I'm at, never got out of the garage mostly.