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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dave Grohl's Analog Home Studio

For those of you who haven't experienced analog recording before, and for those of you old schoolers who only fondly remember it, here's an interesting look at the temporary home studio that Foo Fighter frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl set up to record their latest as yet untitled record.

Even though the Foos have a state-of-the-art facility not far from Dave's house, producer Butch Vig wanted more of a "primal" sound that only a garage can provide, so they set up a small API console and a couple of Studer A820 24 track tape decks and off they went.

You won't hear any music on the following video, but it's a pretty good overview of the way recording used to be (except for the tour of the refrigerator - I could've done without that).

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1 comment:

Alex Moore said...

I think it's so important to see how the recording process needs to serve the music, rather than producing cookie cutter results.

We've all tried to record in a garage and remember what early reflection and standing waves sound like with a concrete floor - but it's cool to see that DG is chasing that sound intentionally! The accumulation of low end (no traps) is no doubt what is making the drums sound so huge.

Tracking to an Studer A820 thru an API console helps too!


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