[Dixielandjazz] Live recording vs. studio

Paul Edgerton paul.edgerton at gmail.com
Fri Nov 2 13:36:48 PDT 2007

Carry it further, Rob: Your model gets her hair and makeup done and
wears a dress she couldn't afford to buy herself. The photographer
uses lots of big soft lighting and a special camera. The art director
sends it off for *extensive* photoshopping. What ends up on the
magazine cover doesn't look much like the girl. But it sells a lot of
stuff, fersure!

That, in a nutshell, is the modern recording process. It is possible
to create things that cannot exist in nature. It's possible to fool
you into accepting what you hear as being accurate. But as you say, a
recording will always be a different thing than a performance.

-- Paul Edgerton

On 11/2/07, Rob Wright <rwright at siatucson.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> It seems to me that comparing live performance recordings to studio
> recordings is apples to oranges.  There are so many logistical sound
> problems with live recordings that it is next to impossible to get studio
> quality.  Because of that I almost always prefer a studio production.  I
> think the end justifies the means.  Another thing: studio recordings are
> made to listen to and enjoy over and over so small mistakes are amplified by
> that nature alone.  I have always thought the mark of a great band is one
> that can produce something live very close to what they recorded.  Very
> often musicians are performing artists or recording artists.  Not everyone
> is great at both.
> Regarding how much fixing should be allowed I leave that up to the ego of
> the artist.  Think of it this way, should a cover model publish average
> photos.  Should they be allowed to use makeup and lights or would everyone
> be better off if we see them blemishes and all?  How many changes can a
> painter make?  How many edits a writer? My two cents.  Rob
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