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Old 5th April 2007
Originally Posted by ninjaneer View Post
hi russ,
i'm wondering about reverbs used for general ambience..
were you also in a 2 emt plate (LR) period then? or was that a little later?
and did the rawness of the drums then affect the way the backing vocals were tracked? e.g. more natural room ambience on tape or was that developed more in the mixing stage of the project?
the intimacy on the album is one of the characteristics i like the most even though i must admit i was disappointed when i first heard it and it took me a few months of listening to 'get it'.
i had a preconception of what the album 'should have been' or was 'going to be' after brown sugar, i expected state of the art in a shiny polished digital way.. hmmm tutt
in the end the innovation came in other ways..
the tuning and flams of the drums.. the smoky feeling around the horns.. meth and red ad libs on left and right... i could go on...
anyway now it's one of a few albums that i can play from beginning to end without skipping. i learnt a valuable lesson about mixing and recording possibilities and also having expectations. (progress doesn't have to come dressed in 1s and 0s)
and thanks for your time and humility.
you appear to be able to see the connections between everyone involved on a project from atrist to assistant to even the a&r and recognise that all have to find and maintain the higher self in order to create and support something of worth.
good luck with everything,
hello tony,

thanks very much for the compliments heh. that's some really nice insight. i'm glad the album "grew" on you. a lot of people who were fans of brown sugar have mentioned that.
yes i was already doing 2 plates in LR back then. that give's them their own type of movement on either speaker rather than an imposed stereo.

a lot of people mention the intimacy on the album and ask how i achieved it. and i seat here and think, yeah, how did that happen? i think it sort of happened on its own. i wasn't keeping that thought in my mind at any part of the process. which is why it's hard to answer sometimes. i've come up with a few insightful things throughout this forum but i think there are two i have taken for granted.

first, we should not forget d'angelo. he gave us the vibes and we went with it. it was there when we first started. it's his energy and his music and we helped bring it to life. but it starts with him.

everything is played or sung live throughout the album. D'angelo sang every last lick of every verse and every chorus. there's only one, maybe two songs where i "pasted" his vocals (the old school term would be "fly-in"). D likes to sing his choruses live for each chorus. so no two choruses are the same. and we didn't loop or copy any of the players parts either. all of the instruments are "live". i think if you add this up with all the other equations i've mentioned in this forum, it would equal...chemistry.

all the best