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In terms of fidelity the recordings aren't great due to the limited number of tracks, which forced them to bounce down to free up tracks. You can't bounce from tape to tape without losing something. I'm not saying it wasn't engineered well and mixed well, it's just they had to work within the limitations of the equipment there at that time. Most of the Beatles albums were down on 4 track, Abbey Road didn't go 8 track until well after a lot of American studios did. I think the Beatles only had use of the 8 track for the last 2 albums.
It can be quite interesting panning some of the Beatles stuff, all drums one side, listen to Lennons vocal on get back, atrocious in isolation yet works when in the mix. So I think Danomess may have the answer.
Recording 100% digitally?
Then you need this: http://www.slatedigital.com/products/vcc/
and this will help as well: http://www.slatedigital.com/products/vcc
Really though I think this is a fools errand.
The only 'modern' band I've heard vaguely in the ballpark of the greatness of those Beatles records are Jellyfish- and they broke up, what, 15 years ago.
Plus they recorded to tape.
And were extraordinarily gifted at recording in that style.
And their records still don't sound the same as the Beatles....just roughly approximate.
Also, what converters are you using?
You want something very neutral sounding.
What valve preamp are you using?
Last edited by octatonic; 25th January 2013 at 07:59 PM.
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