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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:13 am 
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Hi guys,

Check out this video showing a slide show of pictures that were taken during the recording of the album Guaranteed by Level 42 in 1991. I must say I have a hard time believing what I see as these guys are supposed to be professionals and they seem to put way less effort in acoustic room treatment than some of us do. For instance look at the drums... A kit, a drummer, a few mics... that's it??

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:03 am 
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I haven't listened to Guaranteed in a long time. What a great tune!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:24 am 
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I particularly like the second track of the album, Overtime. My kind of bass!


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Well, there aren't that many acoustic instruments there so for that part it's not important. Behind the drummer i can see a curtain which would do a great job for room threatment. I can't see just how far that goes. I'm sure these guys new what they were doing. Their recordings withness that fact.

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Talking about level 42 made me dig out the album 'running in the family' i bought in 1986. The cd is scratched but still seems to play ok. Long time since i heard that. 'Children say' is sounding through the room.

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Yeah I noticed the curtain, could possibly have been an acoustic drape which have been out for a long time, as you say no other acoustic instruments so could be done, It`s ok to have the sound of your room in your tracks as long as the room sounds right, too much treatment is just as bad as none.
Mark King has been my favourite bassist for a long time, probably the best ever in my opinion.

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I saw the curtain and thought... I have curtains here, too! :lol: I know there's a difference.

I understand that playing and recording a keyboard does not require room treatment, but the bass and electric guitar do no necessarily need to be recorded direct in, so room treatment one way or another should be in the equasion. Then there's the mixing and mastering... I see a huge mixing table in the room and a few speakers... but how can you make a decent mix when you have all kinds reflections and resonances.

Maybe they didn't photograph the things I expected to see while they are there.

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