On Friday 27 January 2006 10:07, Michael T D Nelson was like:
That really is a moot point.
I'm of the opinion that once behind the microphone, it's the musician's job to
perform their part with all their heart and soul. Having to pull your punches
because the technology can't handle your dynamic range does not necessarily
produce good results, and anyway, that's the engineer's job, surely?
Too much control on the part of the performer tends to lead to sterile
recordings IMO. I like rattle and hum, I enjoy the effect of pushing certain
bits of technology beyond their factory specs (mostly in the analogue realm,
it has to be said). I like to hear the squeaky chain on a bass drum pedal.
For me, too many studios are, like hospitals, airless pits where music goes
to die. The engineer serves the music _not_ the other way round.