futureappletree studio 2
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DOG BONES, LITTLE BOY PRIDE...
We got a couple Lathes...Presto 8n, 6n from the 40s/50s. There's going
to be a learning curve, but it will be cool to cut records. They will
be mono at first, and mostly polycarbonate/plexi. We'll offer one off
"lathe cuts" and limited runs.
Some modern recordings in rotation: Landlady, Chocolat, Wild Beasts, Jesca
Hoop, Kieth Mead, Andy Shauf.
Headphones are seldom used for Daytrotter sessions at FAT2, and sometimes
not for multitrack recording. They don't seem to help performance, and
they disconnect the musician from the sonic environment. Also, it
seems when a singer struggles a bit to hear, they sing a little
better...most of the time. There's something to it.
Limitation is your friend. Limitation is the most important imposition on
the recording process. Learning and choosing to "deal with it".
Knowing that flexibility is not necessarily helpful. More choices does
not equal a better recording. Because you can make more choices,
should you? Why not just decide to have fewer. When making a
choice, just make it and move on. Maybe another choice would sound
"better". So what. You'll never know. Why bother thinking about
There is a continuum from thought or inspiration to end product where the
music goes from abstract to concrete. During that process, the ideas
mingle with the "real world" via guitars, keyboards, compressors, reverbs,
speakers, tape, etc. etc. The mingling is of unseen "thought" electric
brain activity to unseen "real world" electrical/acoustic
activity...amplification/sound/vibration/recording. The lyrics have
meaning, and take different paths toward the concrete in this process
usually, as well. Being conscious of this process, and sometimes
unconscious, is important. Analyze the micro/macro aspects of the
work. The end user will first perceive it "as one" and only later
discover its parts if they like what they hear.
There is nothing to gain from volume of sound past a certain point.
Similar to an overexposed photo, detail and definition is reduced as volume
goes up. In a recording, apparent volume and actual volume are not the
same, that is, you can make a quiet thing sound loud in a recording.
Obviously, sometimes an amp needs to be a certain volume to sound a certain
way, and that makes sense, but in a room with several other people making
noise it isn't helpful.
Know when it's done, or good enough. Walk away.