Originally Posted by BOWIE I personally believe that once we start sterilizing every aspect of a recording, we lose the soul of the music.
Originally Posted by dustyreels
I couldn't agree more.
Geez, I could go on about one of my best friends doing this for hours on end. Trying to replace every snare hit on tracks because the hat bled into it, or trying get every Kick to sound even on a "gallup" type of rhythm. I'm a pretty consistent player and I told him "if you want a drum machine sound, I'll sequence it for ya". What he was doing was insane. Guitar players don't pick, hammer, pull, pinch, strum or anything else with the same "attack" and neither do drummers, and I don't care WHO it is. We're HUMANS and dynamics are as natural as breathing, not to mention part of song writing. Please, all you real engineer types, do NOT sacrifice someones music or sound by trying to make it too perfect. That's not what it's about. Do your utmost to make your clients/subjects sound as good as you can, but in the end, let them decide if their performance is worthy enough the toss out into the world. I realize there are some exceptions to this that need to be schooled, but you guys are artists too and I wouldn't try to tell you what mic to put where, and your monitors are not set up right, etc..
Went on a rant on another thread about "LOUD drummers that refuse to play softer". I explained that it's not necessarily "refusing" to play soft, it may be that's the way he plays. Adjustments may need to be made to accommodate it. I also explained that a kit that I owned sounded pretty crappy when played lightly. But when I would smack it, it sounded awesome. Not all musicians are idiots, rubes or hacks but I'll admit there are some. Just as there are ignorant engineers/recordists. I'm sure there was someone somewhere sometime that told Jeff Healey he plays his guitar wrong, or told Mike Portnoy that his hi-hat was too close to his snare.