Thought this was kinda interesting...
My opinion is a little different, I think the setup they were using with two mics lacks in stereo, and stereo recordings are way more organic, like birds chirping and jungle sounds. I agree though that the one mic per drum can be sterile, but mono is just so one dimensional. Maybe if they used two over heads.Thanks for sharing! I always enjoyed recording with fewer mics, something about it just sounds so raw and organic.
I do agree with you on the two overheads, for sure. I should have specified what I meant by "fewer mics".My opinion is a little different, I think the setup they were using with two mics lacks in stereo, and stereo recordings are way more organic, like birds chirping and jungle sounds. I agree though that the one mic per drum can be sterile, but mono is just so one dimensional. Maybe if they used two over heads.
It's art man. People will identify with what the identify, and that's just how it goes. Many could say that, sure, today's recording standards are pretty high, but what's being recorded is crap. Some pre-teen kid today in 50 years will call this era "magnificent".Here and now in the 21st century this seems pointless. Its been done already, that standard has been set.
60's recordings 'magnificent'? Not by todays standards. Back then it was a simpler time with a lot less going on aurally. Refreshing, different, not as crowded maybe, but IMO not 'magnificent' by todays standards.
An excellent post, & a great example of just one aspect of stereo production. If you start with a great sounding kit in a good room, it's amazing what can be done with a stereo soundscape to alter mix perception. Mono precludes much of that wonderful 3 dimension scope, & all achieved without over processing the kit. In other words, you can alter the kit sound significantly whilst still maintaining a fairly natural kit sound, & all with only 3 mic's.I like the sound, but I agree about the simple process not allowing flexibility.
I like how the guy from Kush Audio works a stereo mix. Even though his snare and bass drum sound is of the dead variety, what he does with the stereo mix sounds nice. The toms sound nice at about 17 seconds in.
I think the only counters would be phase, expense, and simplicity. I also went to an art gallery last week, and a couple of the exhibits were in pencil, when we all know that paint is far more expressive. ;-)I'm sorry, but I see almost no advantage to mono overhead. To me, it's a significant curtailment for no apparent reason.