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Would you record music in a 1950's studio?

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:16 pm
by briannadejole
A few months ago I came across a video by Sound on Sound:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q-scxybnp0

In it they have re created a 1950's style music studio using all 1950's equipment and methods! So I wondered whether anyone hear would use such a studio to make music. It took them years to set it all up.

Re: Would you record music in a 1950's studio?

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:29 am
by AHornsby
There's always something to spend it on...

Maybe. Just for fun although it is a practical waste of time and money. (It would make a good museum display.)

Re: Would you record music in a 1950's studio?

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:31 am
by chibear
I started working in studios (as a musician) in the late '60's so can't go back quite that far, but over the years can remember going into the booth to see the latest innovations. After the dawn of digital we were no longer allowed in the booth, along with the fact that engineers seemed to care less about the quality of individual pickups as they would 'fix it in the mix' which of course was a lie to shut us up.

One statement from the video that rang a bell was referring to that type (50's) of recording as more "honest". Imagine how the pops field would change without the likes of Melodyne or VocalCorrect (or whatever it's called); compressors, limiters, and EQ that were not so simple to apply.

Not saying we should go back to the 50's, but maybe try to be a little less reliant on all the toys, bells, and whistles as while they can produce a slick product they also warp everyone's, especially those in production and the final listeners', sense of what is 'real', and also distracting studio musicians from recording music by demanding (or creating) unrealistic levels of precision which cannot be reproduced live on stage.

Re: Would you record music in a 1950's studio?

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:20 pm
by Mark Bliss
I also cant go back that far, but agree wholeheartedly with Chibear.

The biggest thing that has changed IMO is the loss of emphasis on getting things "right" at the source. It used to be mandatory. Now it seems to lack importance to all but those who really know better than to spend so much time fixing half assed amateur performances and recordings, which seems to be the common workflow for most these days.

Would I go back to tape and hardware? No way. Do I miss some of the methods and qualities? Hell yes. 8)

Re: Would you record music in a 1950's studio?

Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:25 am
by AHornsby
chibear wrote: unrealistic levels of precision which cannot be reproduced live on stage.


The word of wisdom...

Re: Would you record music in a 1950's studio?

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:42 am
by chibear
This came across my FaceBook feed this morning and is appropriate to this discussion.

http://www.openculture.com/2016/07/brian-eno-explains-the-loss-of-humanity-in-modern-music.html

Re: Would you record music in a 1950's studio?

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:00 am
by Acoustica Greg
chibear wrote:This came across my FaceBook feed this morning and is appropriate to this discussion.

http://www.openculture.com/2016/07/brian-eno-explains-the-loss-of-humanity-in-modern-music.html


Or, as the Three-eyed Raven said last night "Chaos is a ladder."