I completely agree Tom. He's very careful to say he is there to capture the sound in the room, not shape it's direction. Interestingly, I was talking shop with with Joe Tarsia this week and he said virtually the same thing in regard to Philly International and Gamble and Huff!
I find it illuminating that many of the finest engineers that ever lived have a very defined and clear sense of what they did and what they did not do.
These titans are so good because they are extremely focused on one job and doing that specific job to the Nth degree.
My hat is off to all of them.
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On Feb 17, 2012, at 3:23 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> If you read carefully, he is saying a lot about his techniques and methods, more than I've read in other interviews. He also clearly states that he was less the "sonics decider" than people think -- that he did what producers asked him to do.
> Marc Myers did his usual excellent job conducting the interview and tying in interesting and informative imagery. Links to next part at the top of each page.
> Van Gelder received a Grammy Trustees Award this year, it's worth watching the short video of his acceptance message. I thought it was very classy, as was this interview.