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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by musicman2006 View Post

Every instrument player will probably say the same thing about his or her own instrument not sounding the same on a recording, as opposed to someone who does not play any instrument.

That was the original challenge of hi-fi. Now, it's more a challenge to hi-fi. But surrender is not an option.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

I am not a musician and know absolutely NOTHING about mixing and recording but.......

......I saw Dave Weckl a year or so ago at an intimate setting...watched him (after set-up) "tune" every piece of his ensemble via computer.  He probably took 20-30 minutes sitting there at his kit.

 

NOW.......for all I know, the truck took a bad turn and toppled all of his stuff and he was making adjustments (LOL...) or maybe he does this before every show?

 

I love Dave Weckl and want to know about this kinda stuff so maybe someone can enlighten me?   Is this common?  Assuming there was NOT an actual recording going on and you are at a House of Blues with all the talk and chatter.....who the hell cares how "perfect" the sound is coming off?

 

Or is that just a typical trait of a master at his craft?  Inquiring minds want to know.......

 

Oh.....and Dave put on a phennomenal show.   He's unreal how effortless he plays....and one of the few playing with traditional grip.


Edited by Spyro - 3/30/14 at 5:47am
post #18 of 22
The sound system needs to be equalized to the venue. That's what goes on at sound check.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
 

I am not a musician and know absolutely NOTHING about mixing and recording but.......

......I saw Dave Weckl a year or so ago at an intimate setting...watched him (after set-up) "tune" every piece of his ensemble via computer.  He probably took 20-30 minutes sitting there at his kit.

 

NOW.......for all I know, the truck took a bad turn and toppled all of his stuff and he was making adjustments (LOL...) or maybe he does this before every show?

 

I love Dave Weckl and want to know about this kinda stuff so maybe someone can enlighten me?   Is this common?  Assuming there was NOT an actual recording going on and you are at a House of Blues with all the talk and chatter.....who the hell cares how "perfect" the sound is coming off?

 

Or is that just a typical trait of a master at his craft?  Inquiring minds want to know.......

 

Oh.....and Dave put on a phennomenal show.   He's unreal how effortless he plays....and one of the few playing with traditional grip.

 

It's probably mostly so that he can enjoy himself while playing. Musicians are very attune to the sound of their own instruments/playing and will hear and notice things the public/audience wouldn't pick up on, such as things being ever so slightly out of tune. The better he tunes his drums the more he gets into his groove. I know I can sometimes spend 15-20 minutes tuning a bass guitar down to the millimeter before I feel satisfied with the sound, and I've spent countless hours adjusting the action (the height of the strings off the fretboard) to get it just right.

 

As for piano recordings, it's always what I put on first to judge a new piece of gear. Nothing like some Art Tatum to tell you if whatever you just bought sounds good or not :D 


Edited by elmoe - 3/30/14 at 1:11pm
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

 

 The better he tunes his drums the more he gets into his groove.

 

Man....so obvious but that really sums it up!  That never occurred to me.  Thanks for the input.

post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post

The sound system needs to be equalized to the venue. That's what goes on at sound check.
This is so true but at small venues like bars and clubs with a stage, it rarely happens which is sad. Even more sad when It happens in a live music town like Nashville where I used to live.
post #22 of 22

To me this piano sounds pretty ok, very clean, nice and spacious, and very detailed:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzoDg0PYQ0Q

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