Purchasing a record player

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Jeremy Dean, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Well-Known Member

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    Or, when back in the 60's and 70's, the UK's A-tuning was based on 442, as opposed to our 440 concert pitch calibration.

    And as you mentioned, there were differences in tape speeds - ever so slight - but it was there... my guess is that it wasn't as much intentional as it was due to the voltage in Europe being different, which resulted in machines running at different speeds than ours here in the US and Canada, and when a master was shipped from Europe to L.A. to be pressed ( like a Beatles or Stones album) the differences in voltage resulted in playback that was - while slight - just different enough to cause a pitch change... and for guitar and keyboard players to pull their hair out while trying to learn those songs.

    God Bless Vari-Speed. ;)
     
  2. paulears

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    There are loads of stories about people (Brian Wilson being my favourite) who finished their recordings, then spent ages making varispeed tweaks to 'improve the sound'. Trying to play a piano along with any of the old hits is doomed to failure - same as the Carpenters - which is odd, as you'd expect a Pianist to appreciate proper pitching.
     
  3. DonnyThompson

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    Yup. There was a production/engineering school of thought there for several years, that by slightly increasing the speed of the deck during the mix, that the overall sonics would "tighten up"... ( cue Archie Bell and the Drells, who can not only sing, but who can also "dance as good as they want" LOL).

     
  4. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like James Brown on PCP....


    Oh wait...he probably was....
     

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