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Tonight, spinning albums he worked on from Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, Toto, Diana Krall, Michael Franks, Dan Hicks, Paul McCartney-the GOAT, the Jedi master of microphone placement. What an incredible career.
In one of the interviews, he was asked if he prefers digital or analogue recording. He clearly said he preferred digital. Not only is it so much easier to edit but he felt that digital has gotten so good that it would be the rare person who could tell the difference between the two. He was not equivocal about this. And yet some here still maintain that analog is superior. I guess they know better than a guy who has spent his life making some of the best recordings, both digital and analog, and receiving award after award.
not all icons are going to agree with your preferences. as much as i admired Brooks Berdan, i had my disagreements with his pronouncements. Alan Parsons has made some questionable statements. ad infitum.
suffice it to say that we admire and respect these guys for their choices and forgive them our differences.
He was definitely one of the best.
I had bought many relatively unknown artists' record simply because it was done by Al Schmitt.
I sure hope that the skills learned by these masters of engineering don't become a lost art.
I found this very interesting, worth a listen.
Thanks for the link. It was an entertaining interview. You get a sense of just how much the art of engineering is as important as the technical knowledge. The last half hour or so was interesting in that he talked about some of the changes he's seen in the industry. What a career he had.
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