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2 Radically Different Mic Techniques on This Piano
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Rick Slater
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Sep 02, 2021
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2 Radically Different Mic Techniques on This Piano
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2 Radically Different Mic Techniques on This Piano
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Rick Slater
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Aug 31, 2021
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Feb 18, 2021
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From Pro Tools to ADAT
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Rick Slater
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Jan 10, 2021
Hi Dave, I grew up working with tape and and spent several decades working in that medium. The type of edits where razor blades were involved were on hits which could easily be heard by rolling the tape by hand across the head and marking the tape with a white china marker to indicate the cut and direction to keep. When it came to comping a track that was much more labor intensive to the point that the artist might not even come in that day unless they wanted input. You had to patch out of the track you wanted to use and re-eq it then patch it to the comp track. Now imagine changing the source patch every time you took a section from a different track! Now with playlist in Pro Tools I can comp a vocal in an hour. The medium dictates the method is what it boils down to. The thing I have found is that today's listener expects sonic perfection so many people give up too soon when it comes to recording a truly engaging performance thinking that it can be fixed in the computer. I certainly feel that pressure but I know the difference between the performance we need and polishing a turd. When I was just starting at Mediasound I once sounded the alarm to an engineer that the track we were recording was in the red. His response was "this is a science of the ears and not the eyes." This leads me back to the platform of ADAT. I have occasionally used the format when circumstances forced me to. It has never made me happy sonically. Interfaces have certainly greatly improved these days and the sonics are certainly different than tape but I feel DAWs offer a much greater dynamic range. Higher bit rates have made it so that most people who remember tape aren't missing the sound all that much. Besides they have plugins for that too. In the days of tape we would be in a situation where even with 2-24 track machines we needed more tracks so we would have to combine things like horns or background vocals to 2 tracks and record over the source tracks. Digital provides us the ability to save any take we wish. The problem is that many do not keep their sessions well organized. The Producers and Engineers wing of NARAS has an excellent white paper on the subject. Another issue leading to 128 snippets (which should be consolidated) is a lack of production or arranging. Sometimes track counts get high but they should not result in the equivalent of noodle soup. Each track should have it's role and not diminish other tracks in the arrangement. Well there you have it, my $.02 enjoy.
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