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Info on how infamous albums were recorded

Discussion in 'Recording' started by took-the-red-pill, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

    Kinda like the guy that ws asking aobut the micing on Miles Davis' album, I'm wondering if there is any books or websites that talk about the intimate recording details of how some of our more famous recordings were done, and/or how recording engineers have handled certian situations in the studios?

    Did these guys make produciton notes, like mics used or various techniques on certian artists, and if so are their experiences closely guarded secrets, or did they share them?

    I'm looking for details, like (and these are all made up so don't sue me):

    "...I was just placing the mic-6" from the inside of the kick drum hammer when Bonham puked on me. That was the low point for me during that album..."


    "...Bobby Mcgee and she must have gotten mad because she threw the mic across the room. That was the last time I used a U87 with her. I stuck with SM57's from then on ."

    or maybe

    "...placing the diaper over the mic had worked well for Peter Gabriel's voice but it sounded terrible with Bono."

    Any idea where one can find out this stuff, without relying on urban legend?

  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I haven't read Bruce's book yet, but a friend said it was great... he said it was like reading a book that was written just for recording engineers.

    "Make My Music"

    There are some other interesting recommendations... like Tom Dowd's book.
  3. FIMseth

    FIMseth Guest

    I just started Bruce's book a couple days ago. It's a good read so far.
  4. stickjam

    stickjam Guest

    A friend of mine recommend that book, although it appears to be a collectors item already. Amazon shows it mistakenly as not yet released and B&N refers to online used dealers selling it for more than the cover price! :shock: I guess I'll see if my buddy wants to loan me his copy. (Since Bruce wouldn't see any royalties from his publisher anyway if I bought it from one of those dealers. :roll: )


    BTW... I wasn't aware of any diaper trick (true or urban legend) for Peter Gabriel's vocals, but it is a fact that Tony Levin 8) jammed a disposable diaper under the strings of his bass to damp the strings to play the ending section of "Don't Give Up" on PG's "So" album.
  5. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

    thanks guys.

    Wow, honestly I just made that crap up, who knew that I would inadvertently hit on the combination of a diaper being used in recording, and involving Peter Gabriel AND Daniel Lanois. Way too coincidental.

    Insert theme from Twilight Zone here...Hey, I wonder how they recorded that?

  6. Thomaster

    Thomaster Guest

    i believe soundonsound.com has a monthly article covering songs and some recording-details.
    it's called 'classic tracks'
    you can find it under Articles>>Technique>>Recording/Mixing
  7. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

    Thanks a pile Thomaster,

    The Classic Tracks page is exactly what I was looking for. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about how the pros do it.


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