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Thread #99140   Message #1980728
Posted By: wysiwyg
27-Feb-07 - 09:13 AM
Thread Name: Field Recording... Yourself
Subject: RE: Field Recording... Yourself
Thanks to all who have been filling in the details of what you're doing with what you catch!

I sure agree with that "being there" aspect. There's the problem of condenser sound, yes, but there is also an oldtimeyness not unlike the songs taped with a cheap handheld unit that, sometimes, were the only tools available to field recorders. And when I listen to our better stuff, I hear the same spontaneity I hear in those older field recordings. I don't mind us sounding like that!

That doesn't mean I think we can use these for commercial CD production. But it does give me an idea what we might need to do vocally or instrumentally on each of the songs I've caught, if and when we wanted to take that song to studio.

I liken it to the Polaroid a photog may take before finishing setting up the GOOD camera for a shot-- you determine what you can from that "meatball" version and go accordingly.