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Old 09-25-2015, 11:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey there.

at the moment i'm traveling around the world doing a collaborative arts project. we record layers of music from people from different countries and backgrounds. its been very inspiring so far. i was working on a tascam dp006 pocket studio and a sort of gopro camera. which really did the job. since a couple months i'm traveling an external sound card and macbook and a canon. this obviously gives me better quality but there was something magic in using the more 'invisible' equipment. i want people to feel 100% comfortable while recording. this brings me to my question..

"whats better? recording in less quality but with a highly comfortable artist. or recording best quality in a setting an artist might feel a bit more looked at?"
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Old 09-25-2015, 11:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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**** art, make that **** shine!
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Old 09-25-2015, 11:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thx for your reply. "art make that shine". you think the artist makes the track. a little less recording quality but an artistic energy, wonderfull delivery and pure moment is most important? cheers
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No, I was censored. What I actually said was, "Fuck art, make that shit shine."
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Look at the Plasmatics live versus on the record. The energy and awesomeness far outshine the studio stuff to me.
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yeah that's what i feel 'Toe'. i checked out the plasmatics. awesome, didn't know that band at all. thx for your suggestion.

what i experience is that a camera in your face and a studio mic in front of you doesn't improve the rec. i get awesome results while recording artists during a campfire, beer and a hidden pocket studio. LIVE energie can improve the delivery a lot.
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yeah that's what i feel 'Toe'. i checked out the plasmatics. awesome, didn't know that band at all. thx for your suggestion.

what i experience is that a camera in your face and a studio mic in front of you doesn't improve the rec. i get awesome results while recording artists during a campfire, beer and a hidden pocket studio. LIVE energie can improve the delivery a lot.
Great points. I also like the openness of it too. Mistakes are less likely to feel like mistakes but new opportunities for song writing. I guess that also depends on how concrete the songs are at the time of playing.
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Old 09-26-2015, 03:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you're right. i might just carry on like i did and not worry too much about slick-rick quality. just try to feel the person i'm actually recording. especially when you don't know who you're recording it's important to try to understand how he/she is most comfortable.

faults can be beautiful indeed. a nice quote i've heard recently:
"it doesn't matter what mistake you make. it matters what you do after."

that counts for our lives but according to a guitar solo, you can bend that mistake into a genius accent.
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