My fellow dudes and slutz, the days of that smooth sound are GOOOOOOONE. Long gooooone...... And it will never resurface.
Think of this, ever since the Beatles laid down those tracks, thousands have tried to imitate their sound, and no one has nailed it. They took simple 4-tracks and made them sound like 64.
Lookit, you have to embrace what you have to work with now. If some idiot kid flashes the cash, then you better be there to grab it or else he goes off and becomes his own engineer/producer. We can cry cry cry all we want, but there's no freakin way the 80's, the 70's, the 60's will ever come back. Live in the present and look to the future. Peace.
Damn, I'm I really the only one on this board who feels that we've evolved A LOT since the Beatles, I couldn't live with the decades without subbass, and low bandwidth recordings full of hiss. Surely the loudness-war is something to hate, but not everyone does it.
Maybe a lot of people should stop trying to recreate the Beatles' sound, for it to work u need..euhm...The Beatles! Imo they where a good beginning of modern music, but in 2007 most of their hits sound cliché and dull, allthough I really digg a handfull of them.
Electronic music has immensly enlarged our color palette beyond the typical guitar-bas-drum sound, and only now are people trying to use the best of those both worlds to create sounds that are out of this world, combined with our knowlidge we allready have of acoustic instruments and it's subtilities.
Hiphop has thought us that singing isn't the only way of using vocals, and that chant combined with rap can have an immensly rythmical, as well a musical inpact in music.
It's a post-modernistic plea, I know. But virtually all music u listen to is developped by crossbreading, as well as the techniques to record it. (who ever thought that close-micing folk could have great results for example?)
Today, the studio and the musician are closer together than ever, I released an album a few weeks back wich had songs, created in the DAW. 30yrs ago, who would have started to record full-lenght tapes with only one or two instruments, without even knowing what it would end up to be. The engineer/producer is rapidly becomming a part of the musicians now, and his fingerprint on the music is now bigger than ever.
So to sum it up, we have a much bigger colour palette of sound, better means, less trouble to do so, and gained a new type of musician in the group: the engineer...
Isn't it all better now than it used to be?? (and NO radio has never been a good way of judging if music is better now than before, radio and TV will allways vomit out crap, my proof? U people had ABBA on the radio before I was born!!