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Producers We Like: Steve Albini & Scott Solter

Of late, I’ve been delving into the recording side of the drums more so. Obviously the playing part of recording has been happening, but I wanted to know about the mics and sonic options and things of that sort. With those things on my mind, I’ve found myself reading a number of interviews with producers/enginners and TapeOp articles.

steve albini

The first article was the one that recently got a ton of buzz: Albini’s letter to Nirvana before In Utero. My first experience with using an Albini recording technique and someone acknowledging it was on the recording of Monahan’s “Dirty Talk.” The method involves double miking the kit and pumping 1 half of the mics through a PA behind the kit and then add room mics. Unless I’m mistaken, I believe this was used on a tune on the PJ Harvey record, Rid of Me, but I could be totally mistaken. Anyway, there are a lot of great points that Albini makes and I really value his strong point of view. I don’t agree it’s the best for all recording, but he won’t record just anyone, so that works out.

Scott Solter

Scott Solter is the subject of the second interview. Daniel Shuman’s take on Solter from a first hand account is really great and shows off a great deal of Solter’s approach. One of the bands I perform with, White Violet, will be recording with Solter in January and there have already been a couple of the discussions/questions poised from this interview. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited. The one thing that I think I like so much about these two interviews, is their view of the humanity in a recording. I’ve done plenty of sessions where I end up sounding more like a computer than a person, and there’s a place for that in the modern world. However, it is really nice to see people still strongly flying the flag of recording a band sound to like a bunch of humans.

Steve Albini’s Production discography.

Scott Solter’s Production discography.

-Lemuel

One Response to Producers We Like: Steve Albini & Scott Solter

  1. Dave Reply

    November 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

    For me Steve Albini represents something that I suspect used to be more common in the world: integrity. He completely deserved royalty “points” for the drums alone on Scentless Apprentice. 🙂

    Loved his work with PJ Harvey on RId of Me, in fact listening to her 4-Track Demo record complements both extremely well.

    Title TK by the Breeders is a gem I’d recommend. Not an immediate album but if you stick with it…. 🙂

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