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Mortal Engines

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  1. I understand where you are coming from...I actually STILL use compressors...however, I try to do either mild compression or what is known as "gain staging" where you tend to compress at lower ratios (and slightly different ones for each track....maybe print the track and compress it again even) and you have a really mellow buildup. I am not real down with what alot of producers do and "slam" the compressors hard and fast....never mind what they do at the mastering stage...I laugh when I think about this old "mixerman" blog at harmony central where he decries the thousands of dollars spent on high quality mastering and the bloody kick actually distorts (in the digital clipping kind of way...not the nice analog way).
  2. It's funny, because at work all I ever listen to is Floyd, Zeppelin, Hendrix, the Stones, Santana, and the Allman Brothers, I have a little box that holds maybe 15 CDs and I rotate a couple of them out from time to time but it tends toward classic rock (I used to listen to stuff like the Butthole Surfers and all I ever heard from the guys I work with was a bunch of whining). I like me some Tool too. I heard some Ray Charles at a party just the other night...that guy was incredible! Apparently, I really like "old" sounding recordings. I don't know if I am the only one that notices this stuff but the newer recordings can really grate on one's nerves with all the compressor abuse that happens these days. www.myspace.com/mortal_engines
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