READER REPLIES: How recordings have changed over the years

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A1: I think the major change in recording technology was the step from one-point-recordings to all kind of mic-arrays and closely miking enhanced by mics capturing the room reverbs. Mixing all together results in strange phase effects and requires an additional artist: the mixing engineer. Before the recording engineer’s major task was to find the best setup grouping the musicians around the single microphone. A most time consuming job seeing the complexity of room acoustics.

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A3: To me, as a classical music listener, by far the biggest change in recordings is producers’ response to so many younger people listening through earbuds, rather than speakers. The best recordings of the sixties, like those of today, captured a soundstage, enabling the listener with a well set-up system to hear and to visualize the placement of the musicians in a space. Mixes of popular music intended for earbud listening sound like the music is being sprayed into the air as a sort of mist – every voice and instrument is both everywhere, and nowhere in particular.
The difference in mixing is orders of magnitude more noticeable than advances in audio technology in my lifetime.


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