Hugh Robjohns wrote:This is a bizarre thread!
We have an array of tools at our disposal.
We use them when they are necessary and appropriate, and we don't when they aren't.
There's nothing big or clever in not using EQ or compression, or indeed in using them... The only prizes are in what the end result sounds like and the emotional impression it creates -- which is the point The Elf is making.
I've always been fascinated by, and admire people who use as little as possible.
I think it's because it makes you realise that in some circumstances you "have" to use something, it then becomes justified and necessary, like for instance, EQ.
My attitude to music and technology has changed massively over the last few years. I'm not interested in "technological music" as much anymore, by that I mean music that comes "from" the technology, it suggests the final result, like sitting in a studio experimenting, waiting for a sound to appear out of the gear. These days I seem to know what I want before recording, and I want the musical idea to be as simple as possible, something that will get emotions across in the most direct way with little or no contribution from the recording technology.
I'd have laughed If I had written this 20 years ago, as I believed very differently then.
Big studio productions have their place, I agree, certain things wouldn't work without that approach, but I'm always wanting to strip things back.
Hugh, you say this is a bizzare thread, may be it is, all I can say is that I might have a problem, in that I over think things too much, even while I'm recording, this is also something I never used to do, needing a reason to do everything, instead of just going for it and seeing what happens.