On 09/02/2013, Tom Fine wrote:
> As for absolute polarity, I only care about it in how it effects
> whether I like a total recording or not. And, I can't tell you which I
> prefer. I just know when percussives sound "wrong" and when a
> recording is "fighting" the speaker. Most stuff I like is mixed and
> complex, using several or many microphones and often many tracks and
> overdubs, mixing effects, etc. Therefore, who knows what polarity
> issues crop up and how they effect the ultimate product. I suspect
> it's that way with most people. If you like listening to one drum from
> one mic, then the issue is much more simple. But if you listen to a
> "produced" musical product that went through many stages from mics to
> mass media, who knows what happened to polarity of any element at any
> time, and it doesn't matter unless it doesn't sound "right." To my
> ears, a much bigger worry is dynamics crunching, digital clipping,
> really bad mixing of the stereo sound-picture, etc.
This is why I prefer recordings where the whole band is recorded with
one or two microphones, everyone playing together.
"Produced" recordings are wearisome to listen to, however good the
musicians may be.
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