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Ahhh...!

Postby houndog » Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:50 am

The New York Times January 22, 2007 Monday
HEADLINE: A Red Cat's Journey, Enhanced by iTunes

Over the course of his career that has spanned four decades, the guitarist
and producer Ry Cooder has recorded with groups from the Rolling Stones to the Buena Vista Social Club. But he hasn't been prolific as a solo artist recently,mostly because he has had trouble capturing the sound he wanted on a compact disc. On his new album, he achieved that sound with a little help from an unlikely source: Apple's iTunes program.

Last year, as Mr. Cooder worked on ''My Name Is Buddy,'' an oddball folk
and blues concept album about a red cat that travels through a mythic Americanlandscape, he ran into familiar problems. When he subjected the recording to his usual test -- playback in his Toyota, on the factory-installed stereo -- the result wasn't to his liking. ''It started to sound processed,'' he said. ''We were losing the feeling of the thing, and this is not music that can withstand this.''

Then Mr. Cooder noticed something else: When he burned a copy of the album using Apple's iTunes software, it sounded fine. He didn't know why until one of his younger engineers told him that the default settings on iTunes apply a ''sound enhancer.'' (It's in the preferences menu, under ''playback.'') Usually, that feature sweetens the sound of digital music files, but Mr. Cooder so liked its effect on his studio recordings that he used it to master -- that is, make the final sound mixes -- his album. ''We didn't do anything else to it,'' he said.

Mr. Cooder is most likely the first well-known musician to master his album
using iTunes, but other producers have also noticed its effect.

''When we made the new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah record, they would listen to it on the iTunes presets and say it sounded pretty good,'' said Dave Fridmann, a producer who has worked with that band. ''It beefs things up and brightens them and you can definitely tell the difference.'' ROBERT LEVINE
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Postby bosco » Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:17 pm

Good stuff...very interesting.

Thanks for that post, Dog.

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Postby NEONMOONY » Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:06 pm

Buck Owens pioneered that listening to the recording over a cheap car speaker for the mix because he figured that's how most people would hear his recordings. Also, he tried to bring the live band-bar sound to the recording preferring to use his bar band members over studio session musicians which was the practice.
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