He got to sit in the truck when they were getting the sounds pre-show. he said it sounded awesome in there.
Unfortunately it goes through about 3 additional conversions before it reaches the consumers thus destroying most of the quality, which explains why to us it sounds like shit on the TV.
When i was at the viewing party in Chicago, i remember overhearing people at a crowded bar say "Those drums sound awesome!" I think it was Taylor Swifts performance or something, but who cares, i couldn't help but think...Really? I facepalmed and took another shot.
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Re: 2012 Grammy Awards...Behind the Scenes
It doesn't surprise me that WW watches House, or that he's a Sherlock Holmes fan. Frankly, I think everyone should do both lest you be categorized as a slobbering trollop with little more than autonomic functionality in the nervous system.
What surprises me is that you people watch the Grammys.
Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while...
if one of my friends, whom I KNOW knows what he's talking about, told me it sounded right in the truck, I might indeed believe it got fucked further down the chain
He's definitely smart enough to know good from bad, been mixing records for 15+ years. I'm definitely going on that precedent.
Wether u believe me or not...thats up to you, I'm not here to convince you he was right or not.
I mean, i'd say the Recording Academy knows who they're working with considering there are many reputable engineers involved with them. Then again, i've heard some batshit crazy things from them too. so...with no direct knowledge, i dunno.
I had an interesting chat with MTV/CMT's chief engineer this morning. He said all it takes is for your cable company or somebody along the network to use the wrong decoder/re-encode settings and everything goes completely to hell. Another problem is that Dolby encoders and decoders are expensive so very few cable companies use the real deal. They all de/re-encode everything so they can drop their own local commercials in.
I've sent a copy of our Nashville U-Verse feed as folded down by my set top box to the crew so they can compare it to their on-site recording. Here it just had an absurdly tubby low-end which included every commercial that had been a part of the network feed.
Trucks can be another can of worms. When I was working on a Grateful Dead pay-per-view concert they told me several years earlier they discovered that one of the three west coast satellite up-link trucks had its audio feed mis-wired out of phase and nobody had ever noticed before!
So far the score seems to be that there are different tastes for the amount of reverb or related elements in a mix, and that this sort of mixing has countless points of failure which keeps any single person unable to fully control the quality of the mix as received by the end user at home.
I'll ask. My understanding is the surrounds were audience pickup and verb.
Listening again here, Paul didn't have any less reverb but the bass was overwhelmed by the kick. I checked the l-r signal to compare the reverb and it's remarkably distorted throughout the entire show.