Best Albums from an Engineering Standpoint

Discussions on sound production outside the synthesizer such as mixing, processing, recording, editing and mastering.
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Post by i_watch_stars » Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:26 am

Motavis wrote:Nine Inch Nails ~ Downward Spiral

Pretty sure he also won some award for
mastering / mixing.
Second that. Few mixers can cram as many sounds into a song and pull it off like Trent.

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Post by bgi » Wed Aug 01, 2007 3:00 am

Ok, sounds like we have a good list of the well-engineered music. Can anyone come up with a good list of the worst-engineered LP's? I vote for:

Most anything early Jefferson Airplane. Ugh... Absolutely horrible.
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Post by spookyman » Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:30 am

AIR : Pocket Symphony, Talkie Walkie

Nigel Godrich made an amazing work on these Albums. With the "Less is more" principles. Not so much tracks where recorded, but you can really feel (or hear) the deepness in the mix. Absolutely amazing !
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Post by wiss » Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:59 am

[quote="bgi"]Ok, sounds like we have a good list of the well-engineered music. Can anyone come up with a good list of the worst-engineered LP's?

there is track on Big Audio Dynomite's record FPunk that is so poorly mixed I have to skip it......

Cure's~Wish was horrible...much better live..

thats all I can think of
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Post by sebazo » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:59 pm

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I love the way these albums are mixed:

Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
Radiohead: Kid A
Rick Wright: Broken China.
The Beatles: Abbey Road

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Post by KLAXON » Thu Aug 16, 2007 5:58 pm

bgi wrote:Ok, sounds like we have a good list of the well-engineered music. Can anyone come up with a good list of the worst-engineered LP's?
While I actually quite like the music itself, my vote for one of the worst is Alice in Chains' "Jar of Flies"
.....i have some things that create and sculpt sound.

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Post by Theory? » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:02 am

bgi wrote:Ok, sounds like we have a good list of the well-engineered music. Can anyone come up with a good list of the worst-engineered LP's? I vote for:

Most anything early Jefferson Airplane. Ugh... Absolutely horrible.
Too many from the past 5 years or so. All this loudness bullshit is taking a toll on my head. The latest Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah! album (not that they're really all that good to begin with) was mixed TERRIBLY. Everything is smacking the ceiling and it sounds AWFUL!
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Post by sacredcow » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:10 am

The Chemical Brothers- We Are the Night
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Post by BadTeeth » Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:47 am

I am no master (yet) but i feel in the electronic genre The KNife - Deep Cuts and Silent Shout both deserve an honourable mention. Amazing.

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Post by MrHope » Sat Aug 18, 2007 7:12 pm

Random Thoughts by Shulman is mixed and mastered well which is shocking since Yaniv Shulman mastered it himself. Or perhaps not shocking, considering his musical skill.

Spacetime Continuum had an album I think called Sea Biscuit which was also mixed and mastered well.

Both of those albums also have great compositions on them.

I also recall some album by Juno Reactor was mixed and mastered well, but I forget the title of it.

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Post by fingerbib2000 » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:23 pm

LFO - Sheath

so much bass yet everything is so clearly defined...

Orbital - Insides
esp. Out There Somewhere

the mix engineer must know about secret frequencies, because this is a wall of sound yet even the most subtle blips are apparent...
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Post by sequence » Sat Sep 08, 2007 3:58 am

Anything Phil Spector Wall of Sound (pathbreaking in its time)

Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers

Primus: Sailing the Seas of Cheese

Rush: Moving Pictures

Stereolab: Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements

Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

The Orb: The Orb's Adventures in the Ultraworld

The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses

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Post by gryphon » Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:24 pm

second the autechre- cuts man
knife- silent shout- has this weird consistency of mix that really contributes to the listenability (?) of a record that lacks a wide variety of sounds. at least compared to the craziness of deep cuts. also has awesome bass (too much?).

KLF-live at the SSL indeed. Sounds so crisp and pleasing

duh radiohead but really godrich mixing is just f**k musical...

albini is pain-trent reznor has nothing on shellac as far as cutting sounds go, much less any good EBM or even noise stuff.
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Silver Apples-60's production-sounds beautiful but the sounds are crazy. they are a total future band.
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Post by toonelind » Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:54 pm

Gong - Angel's Egg


perfect sounding album, incredible synths, spacy panning, unbeatable drum sound, ideal music.

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Post by freemind » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:45 am

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon
Radiohead - Kid A, OK Computer
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