Sunday, January 31, 2010

I think it is wrong to make everything equidistant from the listener with too many mikes. The pasting-on effects end up like bad Photoshop work on graphics and photos -- too unbelievable. ~Tony Faulkner

Faulkner is a respected engineer of classical recordings and was referring here to orchestral music (incidentally, I'm not sure how verbatim the quote is -- I think it was someone's take on a recorded interview) but it applies to much of what we hear these days. The typical song on the radio is the aural equivalent of a photoshopped picture.

It's certainly a good thing that modern recording technology lets us 'fix' some things but, for the most part, I believe it is carried too far. Give me a little reality, please, and hold the autotune!

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