Albini has been the production mastermind behind records from the likes of the Pixies, Nirvana, and the Cloud Nothings.
He’s most often sited for his organic sounding records, and drum mic’ing techniques in particular.
His old-school take on recording includes little in the way of effects and relies heavily on mic technique. These techniques transfer particularly well to the home studio.
In Sound On Sound interview, Albini shares some of his signature methods, like this one:
“I prefer to record as much of the band in one live take as possible. If you do it any other way, the band is forced into an unnatural situation from the very beginning of the process. They play together in the rehearsal room and on stage, so it seems normal to me that they also play together when they come into the studio. With 90 percent of the records I do, the singing is recorded after the band, unless the singing is what leads the band. With folk-type records the singing often has to be done at the same time, otherwise it doesn’t sound right.”
In an age of digital shenanigans, where musicians often record their parts solo, this is a refreshing idea, and one that could change your recordings forever.
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