Originally Posted by Devon8822
I'm just wondering if such a website exists? I remember reading and interview a long time ago where rick rubin just talked about the gear and effects he used on a RHCP album and feel like I learnt a lot from reading that and than listening to the album. Is there a site where there is info on the engineering behind albums?
That would be a cool site IMO. However - while engineering talent and skills is something you can write about - and it's really about capturing the 'magic' of a performance (or creating one) that is most important. What's involved with capturing that is obvious to the point that writing about it would be redundant.
For example - I just read 'Making Rumours' by Ken Caillat and Steve Stiefel.
Ken Caillat was one of the engineers and producers on Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album - and spins a interesting (if not drug/drink/sex repetitive) story.
My take away - the engineer/producers main job was to put the right tools in front of the amps, guitars, keyboards and singers, and then get out of the way of the talent present in the room (in Buckinghams case that meant literally!).
What mixer they used, what effects, and what mics - good to know from a reference point of view only. Put the Police in that room recording and everything will sound quite different - different choices would need to be made.