Ever since I read an interview with Kevin Augunas from Fairfax Recording, I’ve been a little obsessed with his work, particularly mixing for the Lumineers. The record has an amazing depth and size that is rare to find. Especially when limited to 16 tracks.
You can’t find much about Kevin on the Interwebs, probably because he’s busy making hit records. What you do find out there displays a love of vintage recording gear that is unparalleled. One of those pieces is this video interview from Pensado’s Place. This is the first part of a two-parter that includes the guys from Vintage King.
Is this part of the argument of vintage versus modern? I don’t think so. It’s more about making timeless recordings, regardless of the era the gear came from. It’s about cultivating solid techniques that don’t rely on hundreds of tracks, or days of mixing. Using 16 tracks and all analog, vintage gear doesn’t make your record better. But being an awesome engineer or producer does.