Stuck in the Past – Going for that “Vintage” Sound

Do you know the reason we rave over those “vintage” recordings?

Imperfection.

40 years ago, they didn’t use tubes, transformers, and tape by choice. Nope, it was all that was available to them at the time.

The “sound” of so many of our favorite recordings from that era came from running the audio through gear that couldn’t faithfully and accurately reproduce the signal. Each piece of gear added something to the sound — warmth, low end, smoothness, punchy-ness, even noise.

In short, it was near impossible to get a clean, accurate recording. The gear added to the sound. (more…)