Posted by Mary Ann on June 27, 2002 at 09:57:47:
In Reply to: Re: Re: The perfect practice room posted by Rick Denney on June 27, 2002 at 09:13:16:
I'm agreeing with you a lot today. I just got back from a trip to Silverton CO to make a CD. On the CD I played some violin and a lot of viola. Fortunately the recording engineer was amenable when I picked up the mike and moved it two feet away from the violin. Up close, a good violin is downright screechy; it has to be, because it's designed to be heard in a hall, not a bathroom, and it has to have a lot of highs in the tone to start with. Some of these highs get lost in the trip out into the hall, and then the violin sounds wonderful.
Even after getting the mike two feet away, however, there were still too many highs in the sound, and the recording engineer has been instructed to "kill the highs" in the first mix. It's hard with these guys who have listened to rock all their lives, because their ability to hear the highs is gone, and they tend to boost them instead of killing them.
Mary "who would have liked being a recording engineer" Ann