Attending the Newport High End Show two weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Cookie Marenco, owner of Blue Coast Records.
I will post the actual recording session soon on these same pages.
What really surprised me was not how close to live it sounded, but the opposite. I don’t know what I expected, but sitting in the hotel room not 5 feet from the performers, the sound was as one would expect: live and in the room. The recording itself was surely flawless - high resolution DSD - but when we played it back through Sony speakers and a Pass amp, it sounded like… it was played through speakers. I suspect the microphones and speakers were part of the problem, for the rest of the electronic change is beyond reproach. But I also think it’s the unusual circumstances. From the microphone’s point of view the singer is inches away and from my perspective as a listener, feet away.
I think it points out how far we have to go to, but it was a great experience.