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Old 30th December 2010
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Huh??? In 78-82, fader and mute automation was the norm . I sure had it as did everyone else I knew. Hundreds of tracks via synchronized tape machines was also the norm.
Hundreds? Maybe 48 --- 46 (usable)
72 --- (69 usable) was rare

Usable fader and mute automation started around mid 70's
Old 30th December 2010
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Surprised no one has mentioned this yet. What defined those years (late 70s and 80s) was:

GREAT STEREOS

...and friends gathering at somebody's house to listen to the last record he/she had just bought, and everybody sat down and listened for an entire afternoon. To the same record, over and over. Wow, did you hear that? And that bass line. And those lyrics... etc
Listening to music was an event in itself.

This is unfortunately gone, and it's the true reason why the music industry is collapsing (and not piracy).
Old 30th December 2010
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Main way they made it sound better, the master wasn't smashed to hell. That's why you have to turn up the volume when you listen to something old but you feel the drums a lot more. The track actually goes up in volume when a snare is hit instead of staying a constant level.
Old 30th December 2010
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Main way they made it sound better, the master wasn't smashed to hell. That's why you have to turn up the volume when you listen to something old but you feel the drums a lot more. The track actually goes up in volume when a snare is hit instead of staying a constant level.
+10000000000!!!!!!!!!!!! The biggest difference of all, dynamics!!!!

It was also around the same time people were experimenting with mixing bigger, and starting to use live rooms more. Just listen to the Clearmountain stuff recorded at the Power Station in their big live room back then. Listen to John Waite's "Ignition" you can really hear that bigger "live" sound. He also recorded some of the tracks, and mixed the Stones "Tattoo You" there. His "big" mixing skills didn't exactly hurt either!
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in '82 I'm sure that Mutt Lange was becoming all the rage too!

By this point he'd turned the Boomtown Rats into a platinum selling band with 'The Fine Art of Surfacing', helped AC/DC to well and truly establish themselves as the greatest band in rock with 'Back in Black', which is now the biggest selling album by a band, turned Foreigner to platinum success with '4' and had put Def Leppard on their path to stardom with 'High 'n' Dry'.

The SSL Bus compressor was becoming quite popular..
Old 30th December 2010
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Hundreds? Maybe 48 --- 46 (usable)
72 --- (69 usable) was rare

Usable fader and mute automation started around mid 70's
Many more than that, if you count all the tracks used to make comps.
We'd have a 24 track reel for BGV, then bounce those down to a few stereo pairs on the master... LV vocal reel comped down to the master... horns...strings...

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/bruce...g-process.html

But yes, usually only 44 tape tracks at mixdown, but more on the board due to track-sharing, mults, and FX returns.
Old 30th December 2010
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Many more than that, if you count all the tracks used to make comps.
We'd have a 24 track reel for BGV, then bounce those down to a few stereo pairs on the master... LV vocal reel comped down to the master... horns...strings...

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/bruce...g-process.html

But yes, usually only 44 tape tracks at mixdown, but more on the board due to track-sharing, mults, and FX returns.
Right.... Physical tracks..maybe 44. Channels of audio..maybe double that.

I still think "hundreds of tracks" is a bit of an exaggeration...an extreme.

Even when using all of the channel, monitor, buss and aux returns,.. How many consoles in 79-82 had "hundreds of input channels"? Acusonics aside.
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