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In Reply to: RE: Madeline (Mrs. CfL) publishes or perishes again - this time to ARG posted by Chris from Lafayette on April 16, 2017 at 09:59:47
...and I agree with her basic premise. I've come to prefer live recordings over studio ones, a stance I would have readily dismissed about 10 years ago. However, the caliber of playing has continued to go up and the best artists and orchestras are so good that the electricity and excitement of the live experience easily outshines a "perfect" studio recording that's been sucked soulless via editing. Plus, recording engineers have figured out how to record the live session with high fidelity.
However, I must ask: are her assertions about studio editing more than anecdotal? Does she have direct experience of the process? Has she conducted a covert "confessions of an audio producer" undercover investigation? It may be reasonable to assume that, because digital can be so readily edited, it MUST be happening but I really wonder how many studio jobs have 400-800 edits versus those with many fewer edits. I assume that the number of edits spans a huge range for commercial recordings. Bottom line - be careful not to paint with too broad a brush when dealing with anecdotal evidence.
But, they've always been able to do that.
If the engineer/s know the venue and how it changes with the size of the performing group, they can position a stereo pair very quickly. Or any other relatively simple array.
'Clarity' for home listening, might be 'improved', but fidelity can not be increased, by adding mikes.
Each time we add one capsule we add edge cancellations, timing problems, and timbre alterations. If we start with two capsules (stereo) and add just one capsule, we've got three extra edge cancellations. Timing problems and if it's a spot mike, timbral shifts.
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. . . and they're in agreement about the 400-800 (or more!) edits. In one case, our info was second-hand, since our friend talked directly to a producer of the company he records for. In another case, the producer (of another company - well known to audiophiles!) was a guest in our house, Madeline cornered him for a few minutes and he had to spill the beans! ;-)
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