Wednesday, 2 March 2011
POST # 512 Jimmy Page on Recording Communication Breakdown
Yeah. I put it in a small room, a little tiny vocal booth-type thing and miked from a distance. You see, there’s a very old recording maxim which goes, “Distance makes depth.” I’ve used that a hell of a lot on recording techniques with the band generally, not just me. You always used to them close-miking amps, just putting the microphone in front, but I’d have a mike right out the back as well, and then balance the two, and get rid of all the phasing problems; because really, you shouldn’t have to use an EQ in the studio if the instruments sound right. It should all be done with the microphones.
But see, everybody has gotten so carried away with the EQ pots that they have forgotten the whole science of microphone placement. There aren’t too many guys who know it. I’m sure Les Paul knows a lot; obviously he must have been well into that, well into it, as were all those who produced the early rock record where there were only one or two mikes in the studio.