Hip Tip From Geoff Emerick

June 27, 2006

But I’m sure a lot of people think they can. In the Beatles’ days, it took hours to craft the sounds from John’s and George’s amps. We were recording in mono—which made it difficult to give each guitar its own space in the mix—and we often put both of their guitars on one track. Then, John always played flat out, whereas George was more delicate. Also, the only EQ we had—other than that on the mixing console—was on the guitar amps. So it took hours to alter those extra little 1dBs of this and that to give the guitars their identity. And this was all done before the tape rolled. These days, everyone thinks you can just open Pro Tools and create a hit, but it’s down to the vibe, the feel, and then the song—and nobody even talks about the song anymore!”

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