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Another look at the recording process

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Cacacas, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. Cacacas

    Cacacas Active Member

    If you have all these things in place, will you get a good recording?

    The right instrument, in the right room, with an appropriate microphone, in a good position, with a quality preamp.
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Assuming everything is plugged in and set up correctly, how could you not get a good recording? Whether or not the final product will be up to snuff, now that is a different question. What you do to the track after it's on disc has it's own set of possibilities. In other words, it doesn't matter how good the room and the gear are, you can still turn the music into garbage if you don't know what you're doing.
  3. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    the settings on the preamp might not be set right?
  4. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    Stock answer: It depends.
  5. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I'm reminded of the line in Blazing Saddles, "What about the people? We forgot all the people!" I think that might be appropriate.

    Unfortunately, that line is followed by something like, "You get to work on the dummies. Mongo, follow me." In most recording situations that's appropriate too.
  6. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    So what aspect of recording are you implying that the OP is forgetting?
  7. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    I think its the performance. (sorry if i mis-understood Bob)
  8. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Yeah. That's something I totally missed. I was merely responding to the question of whether or not a good recording could be had. He didn't really make mention if the recording would be music. But, I suppose if you had to factor that in, a lousy band recording on high end vintage gear will sound like a lousy band in hi fidelity.
  9. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Well, both the performance and the engineering. If you have both the equipment is far less important. If you have neither, the equipment doesn't matter. I guess by saying the microphone is in a good position he is implying good engineering. Maybe someone will argue that an accurate reproduction of a bad performance is a "good recording," but I'd disagree.
  10. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Its this point where one ceases to be the engineer and becomes the producer if you're called to that.

    With all the engineering in place, the physics of the recording being taken care of, you cannot make a bad technical recording.

    You can certainly capture pure crap on tape at any time given the same parameters.

    So, if you're not 'producing', it will not matter whether it is a 'good' recording in the purest sense. As long as it is technically done right, it is a 'good' recording.

    Although, it is a bit disheartening to go through all that work to get it right only to have no control or effect on the performance.

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