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Sonic Differences Between Abbey Road and White Album
Old 2 weeks ago
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Sonic Differences Between Abbey Road and White Album

Hi Geoff,

Even though the White Album and Abbey Road were recorded with a relatively short amount of time between them, the sonic differences between the two are pretty stark (in terms of high end, transient response, overall clarity). From what I can gather, similar mic'ing techniques were employed (outside of stereo mic'ing Ringo's drums on The End), same room, same 8-track machines, but the TG console was introduced between the two sets of sessions.

How much did the TG console account for the sonic differences in the resulting albums? Were there other factors (e.g. EQ or compression being used differently, fewer tape generations)?
Old 1 week ago
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Great question, I'm interested in the hearing the reply, too. I remember when I purchased the White Double, then only available in vinyl.
Music was (is) great, but one of the muddiest of all Beatles records, not only compairing the Abbey Road. The later digital outputs of the WD have made the sound more clear, I think.
BTW, I believe that one reason for the brilliat sound of the Abbey Road, is, not only the desk, but the 16 track machine. Or am I wrong, did they use two 8-trackers in the AR?

And Geoff, I wish all the best for you. You are the master of the close mic technique.
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