Boy have we come along way in recording music, today we have software to do anything we want and make it sound anyway we want. "if you can think it!, you can create it!".
Back in the "Day" when you wanted to put out your cut (music) to a mass audience you had a lot of work ahead of you. first you had to get everything "TIGHT" in your sound and music, the whole band had to be on the "ONE", and the reason is not just because you need to be good, but because back then if you wanted to put out 100 copy's of your cut (music), you had to record it "100 times" over and over. today we add a little of this and come back when ever. but not so back then. bands, singers, artist had to be good and hit it "every time!". that's why music back then is timeless and sounds so good.
"Early recordings were made entirely acoustically, the sound being collected by a horn and piped to a diaphragm which vibrated the cutting stylus. Sensitivity and frequency range were poor, and frequency response was very irregular, giving acoustic recordings an instantly recognizable tonal quality. A singer practically had to put his face in the recording horn. Lower orchestral instruments such as cellos and double basses were often doubled (or replaced) by louder wind instruments, such as tubas. Standard violins in orchestral ensembles were commonly replaced by Stroh violins which became popular with recording studios.
Contrary to popular belief, if placed properly and prepared-for, drums could be effectively used and heard on even the earliest jazz and military band recordings. The loudest instruments stood the farthest away from the collecting horn. Lillian Hardin Armstrong, a member of King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band that recorded at Gennett Records in 1923, remembered that at first Oliver and his young second trumpet, Louis Armstrong, stood next to each other and Oliver's horn couldn't be heard. "They put Louis about fifteen feet over in the corner, looking all sad."
back then there was no "Punch In". if you missed your mark the whole thing was trash. Now this is before tape, recording went straight to record (vinyl). and everyone of the recordings were different in sound and playing. the guitar player might have added a fill or the singer's voice was stronger or lighter, there was no going back and fixing it or "cut and paste" to get the right part. No! you "had" to know your part and be on the "one".
It was a big thing back then to have a cut (record) of your "work", the whole family would come over to hear you and make a big fuss about you. you where "something, somebody", you have a recording!
Not like today! everyone has a record, cd, or a tape out and it's no big deal to anyone anymore. and most really don't work hard to sound good. "let the engineer cut and paste it" to make it sound good is the saying now. and that's "wrong".
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