I can tell you that for all of the records I
recorded, mixed and mastered during my tenure as
a Record Engineer, I cannot recall one occasion
of adding echo or reverb to the final mix. As
everyone I'm sure knows, adding echo or reverb
during the mixdown process is done individually
to the tracks and there are a multitude of ways
to use these effects (Mono, Stereo spread,
Reverse pan, Pre-delay etc, etc.). I should note
here that I began my career when 2" 16 track was
the hot new format. The truth is, analog
multitrack fidelity never got better than 2" 16Tr.
During the mono era (before multitrack
recording), it was not unheard of to add echo to
specific instruments or vocals as the recordings
were made. Sometimes echo was added as the
recordings were layered. For example adding echo
to background vocals while they were being added
to the original mix. Phil Spector is a good
example of this style of production.
That said, there are no rules so if it suits you........do it!
Notice that I use the terms "echo" and "reverb"
separately. This is because we used to use the
term "ECHO" with reference to acoustic chambers
and "REVERB" for electronic devices be they
mechanical spring, plate or digital. That is not an industry wide practice.
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
At 12:18 PM 1/17/2010, you wrote:
>Thanks for your answer; the idea is just to try to make them sound somewhat
>better than the original....
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>Sendt: 17. januar 2010 21:03
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>Emne: Re: [ARSCLIST] Adding reverb to old 78's
>--- On Sun, 1/17/10, Jan Myren <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > What is your opinions to add reverb as a step to enhance
> > the sound on old 78 rpm discs?
>Sort of like adding smeary color to "enhance" old movies.