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Re: mic position

Postby Wonks » Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:18 pm

Steve Winwood produces his own albums, so I expect he just stuck up a couple of mics and a camera and got on with it. Looks like it's a very cold day, inside as well as out, so he probably didn't want to spend too much time faffing around.
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Re: mic position

Postby CS70 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:00 pm

It's Stevie Winwood.. an artist and singer way before an engineer/producer. My guess he simply was home and felt like making a recording and got on with it, putting a couple mics and a camera without caring so much. It strikes me like something he's doing for fun and for the fans. He doesn't have anything to prove - as he's got a lots of great studio recordings under his belt.

Without making any comparison on notoriety (which would be obviously ridiculous :D), I know it's something I'd do - using a phone or pad for example, with far worse sonic results than a couple of 87.. you feel like you've something good and want to just play it and you don't have an audience right there so you video it..
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Re: mic position

Postby Wonks » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:08 pm

Only 122 production credits. Not as many as some, but a not insignificant number and on some very successful albums.
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Re: mic position

Postby CS70 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:34 pm

Indeed. And even without a great sound, it's a great little video anyways. The man cares for music and the vibe is evident.
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Re: mic position

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:58 am

It's a decent recording of a lovely performance, that there are some technical failings does not detract from that performance. And, it's a YouTube FFS, it might have sounded brilliant before they got there hands on it...............
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Re: mic position

Postby Tim Gillett » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:49 am

Sam Spoons wrote:It's a decent recording of a lovely performance, that there are some technical failings does not detract from that performance. And, it's a YouTube FFS, it might have sounded brilliant before they got there hands on it...............

Recording good vocal and acoustic guitar at the same time was always tricky. The problem here is that the audio recordist seems oblivious to those difficulties and uses poor mic placements. We see those mic placements and we hear the audio. On Barleycorn at least, Winwood did not record the audio himself. Check the end credits. IMO this is an excellent demonstration how not to record vocal and guitar audio at the same time.
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Re: mic position

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:45 am

I've been feeling increasingly uncomfortable about the way this thread has developed and the post above is really the final straw. So in the absence of any factually accurate information about the source recording, its post-production, and its YouTube publishing, I'm locking the thread to end increasingly presumptive denigrations.

I'm all for encouraging constructive discussions about sound quality on these forums, but not when the debate turns into accusative criticisms of specific people based purely on suppositions and baseless assumptions -- and especially so when those concerned don't have an opportunity to explain or defend their actions. That approach may be tolerated on other forums, but it's not what we do here.
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