- Nov 30, 2006
- Hickory, MS
To clarify I am not imposing my subjective opinions on anybody else. The last time I designed a studio effect was the Loft delay line/flanger back in the 70s/80s. It was well received as I recall, but that is ancient history.Whats your favourite sounding album John ? would you have tried and to tell the Beatles or Creedence to turn their amps down because they were producing too much THD ?
I like the cooking analogy, I always start with clean pots and pans. (not a perfect analogy). I prefer to design pristine, linear, audio paths and let the customer add distortion to taste. I was friends with a few serious guitar amp designers and they were all about making euphonious distortion.
PS: To be polite the Beatles used some "inventive" mix strategies. If you perform a L-R on "I hear its your birthday" the instruments cancel out and all you hear them shouting the vocal. Of course "Sgt Peppers" was a standard back then, along with the Stones (kind of a good boy/bad boy dichotomy).