Questions tagged [recording]

For questions regarding the process of recording audio, typically done in a studio, or about the various methods of audio storage, e.g. CD or cassettes.

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When did vinyl switch from “Side One/Two” to “A/B Side”?

Not sure if this is universal but I’ve been going through some of my dad’s records (late ‘60s to ‘80s) and I’ve noticed that all of his vinyls describe the first side as “Side One” and the back side ...
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What is the recording location, studio, and year of the song "That's What Friends Are For"?

YouTube URL: What is the recording location, studio place, and year of the beautiful song "That's What Friends Are For"?
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What are some strategies for researching an under-documented recording?

If some music is accessible online in a page giving only the title of the track and the name of the main performer, how can you try to find the date, location, and other performers? More generally, ...
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What is the name of this TikTok song [Shazam failed to identify it] [closed]

I have been searching for the name of this song for a while now but to no avail. It seems that it is a remixed/modified version of the original song. Any help would be appreciated. https://www.tiktok....
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Ariana Grande verse in key of D, track is still in C: Save your tears remix

In this video: The Weeknd & Ariana Grande - Save Your Tears (Remix) Ariana Grande sings in the key of D while the backing track stays in the original key of C. Did she manage to do that while ...
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Is there deliberate marketing that tries to persuade people to prefer vinyl records over CDs?

Many music lovers mistakenly think the vinyl is, somehow, more “faithful to the original recording than CDs”. I wonder if this is the result of deliberate marketing?
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Will Taylor Swift release her re-Recorded music to the public?

I heard Information about since last year that Scooter Bruan wouldn't give Taylor her old Masters back. She has announced as of November 1st of this Taylor Swift would be free to Re-Record Taylor ...
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Why would an album have different pitch between CD and cassette versions?

I'm comparing an old cassette copy of Eric Johnson's Ah Via Musicom and the streaming version available online (with CD album art and presumably from that release too), and I've noticed that every ...
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Why did fans used to buy "bootleg" recordings of live concerts?

I'm vaguely aware of the concept of "bootleg" recordings of concerts, where some sketchy person has somehow sneaked in and plugged in their own tape recorder (or something like that) into ...
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Do musical recordings remove the breathe of the players?

Following the splendid question Has Vengerov's performance of the Sibelius violin concerto (1904 version) ever been recorded? I was listening to the Ilja Gringolts recording that Aaron links in ...
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Did Vladimir Horowitz ever record Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto?

As Rachmaninoff and Horowitz knew each other personally I would have expected there to be at least one famous recording of the Second Piano Concerto by Horowitz, however I cannot find one. So I am ...
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Barbershop Amen Cadence

I've heard the Amen cadence and the other two chord progression cadences before and I love barbershop endings which, to my surprise is also part of white male gospel singing, male Southern gospel ...
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Is any Tomorrowland Orchestra music available on CD?

I have become a big fan of the Tomorrowland Orchestra after hearing them performing Opus from Eric Prydz. I have searched for any CDs (or other high quality recordings) of their music, but what seemed ...
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Where can I find the full recording of The Siamese Cat song from Lady and the Tramp?

I first heard this song back in 2004 when a friend gave me a tape with a Disney readalong on a cassette, with Lady and the Tramp being on one side, and another book on the other. It wasn't until the ...
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Is there a sizable audience for very long rock/metal songs?

I am a huge fan of rock and metal, in particular all things experimental/progressive. It is fairly common for prog albums to feature extended track lengths, and or the last year or so, the longest ...
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Did Nat King Cole express contempt for fans of his pop recordings?

It seems to me that I've seen Nat King Cole quoted to this effect: I know that my Jazz records are good and my Pop records are junk. But how can I turn down the money I can make with the Pop records ...
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Did Meat Loaf ever perform the song live, or release a recording of "Everything works if you let it"?

The title of the song Everything works if you let it was a saying of the character played by Meat Loaf in his first starring role in the 1980 film Roadie. Did Meat Loaf ever perform this song live in ...
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Simple, straightfoward rendition of "I skovens dybe, stille ro"

There is a very beautiful, Danish song, with the Danish title "I skovens dybe, stille ro" - (poorly) translated as "In the deep, quiet calm of the forest". I have been looking for ...
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Improvised music by notes

[Edit: I replaced "free jazz" by "improvised music".] Are there legendary recordings of improvised music that have been replayed note-by-note by another band – either by notating and playing ...
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Tuning of songs

When I hear a song that immediately follows another one - like a DJ mix, the radio, or even on an album where the gap is very short - would it sound wrong if the 2 songs were slightly out of tune with ...
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First 45 not to feature a "second song"?

Napoleon XIV (AKA Jerry Samuels) released "They're Coming to Take Me Away" in 1966. He had no second song, so they simply played the song backwards on the B-side. A lot of singles simply feature an ...
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Original "Glory To The Sun" Russian folk song used as a theme in Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 and others

In String Quartet No. 8, Beethoven made use of a Russian theme based on the folk song (or hymn) "Glory To The Sun". Other composers also used this song as a theme: Mussorgski in "Boris Gudunov", ...
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Longest song recording that hit the charts

There are many lists (like this one) of songs on albums that go for 10s of minutes, and performers have often extended their songs in concerts to go for a long time, but is there a list available of ...
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Was Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' the first song with a fade-out and fade back in?

Wikipedia on Suspicious Minds explains: Elvis' primary producer Felton Jarvis made the unusual decision to add a premature fade-out to the song starting at 3:36 and lasting for 15 seconds before ...
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Why does Metal sound so muddy?

I've been a metal-music addict since my early teens. But in the last few years I've listened to more and more Rap/Trap and so on. And I've bought myself some really really expensive headphones to ...
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Why do many vinyl albums place sides I and IV on one record and II and III on the other?

Why do many vinyl albums of classical music have Sides 1 / 4 on the first record and 2 / 3 on the second? An example of this is the RCA Red Seal recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony by the Boston ...
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What are the instruments Miles uses to record "Was he Slow?" in "Baby Driver"?

In the movie Baby Driver, Miles "Baby" records pieces of dialogue and creates his own mixtapes in his home studio which includes various analog equipment. I'm mostly interested in one which was used ...
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Is there a prepared piano in Staier's recording of Diabelli Variations?

In Andreas Staier recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, there is some weird stuff going on throughout variations 22 and 23 (recording here starts at var 22). It sounds like there's paper ...
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Click sound in Chicago's song

Every time I listen to Chicago's "If you leave me now" song in the beginning 00:09 I hear a slight click sound. I guess it's natural sound of guitar strings touched while changing the chord. But I'm ...
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Did Aphex Twin ever used samples from someone else's tracks?

Did Aphex Twin used samples in his tracks and is his music 100% his own creation?
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What's the difference between o/b/o and c/o

Often times when reading the publishing credits of a track I come across the terms o/b/o and c/o. From what I understand: o/b/o: on behalf of c/o: care of With all that being said what's the main ...
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Famous examples of one mic drum recording in pop/rock music?

I have read here that the drums in Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks" were recorded with only two microphones. But are there also famous examples of pop/rock songs, where the drums were recorded ...
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For Classical Music, is there a database of online recordings that feature the composer (as a conductor or musician)?

Obviously, this question concerns only composers who could have been recorded after 1877, the start of the poor, impractical Acoustic Age of recording equipment; or more realistically, 1925, the ...
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Why Kirk Hammett didn't seem to help in Hardwired...To Self-Destruct?

By seeing making-of videos of the new Metallica's album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, Kirk Hammett didn't seem to help at all in the making. He appeared in the studio only for his solos and they never ...
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Sounds of fret scratches and pick [closed]

How valuable to a song are the sound of fret scratches, when the player lifts his fingers of the strings, and the sound of the pick? Is it better to leave them hearable or volume them down? How often ...
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Where can I find the original, drunken version of Screaming Jay Hawkins' I Put a Spell On You online?

Wikipedia says that Screaming Jay Hawkins' very first recording of the song that would both define his image from thereon and cement him as one of the pioneers of modern shock rock was recorded in ...
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Sam Sparro - Black and Gold

I have searched everywhere on YouTube, but could not find the original song video by Sam Sparro, the one where the black Mercedes car with gold metal strips walls along the stage, and then the fish ...
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Why do most recordings of "Land of Hope and Glory" not include the stanzas?

Looking around recordings of the British Anthem "Land of Hope and Glory" I find that most of them do not include either one of the two stanzas of: Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crowned, God make ...
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Did Glen Gould record the full Liszt transcription of Beethoven's 7th symphony?

Disclaimer: My main reference for all facts in the question is wikipedia. In 1992 Glen Gould recorded (recording released by Sony) Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's 5th symphony. Roughly a year ...
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Why are vinyl records sometimes off pitch?

I can precisely tune my turntable to play at concert pitch. But there's quite a bit of variation in pitch on each record or even each track on classic vinyl. Why is that? Is it variation in studio ...
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Arrested Development: Static on 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of

I have several copies of this album (CD, cassette, etc) and there is static on many of the tracks. Back in '94 I remember hearing the explanation was: (some guy left the master LP in the sun, or ...
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How often are label recordings off-note: sped up or slowed down?

How rare is it that recordings are sped up or slowed down after recording, by a few percent, during the mastering process?
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Songs with a backwards instrumental solo [closed]

I'm Only Sleeping by the Beatles has a rather impressive backwards guitar solo in it. This seems like a rarely-used technique; even Jimi Hendrix's "Castles Made of Sand" uses the backwards guitar ...
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The Beatles' song "Yellow Submarine" sounds slightly off-tune on YouTube

Hope it is not extremely off-topic for I have no idea where to ask else... Listening to Yellow Submarine song my wife pointed that it sounds off-tune. I never thought of this (my ears are not as well ...
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Can you convert recordings where certain instruments/parts are in left or right headphones only?

I'm actually have a tough time finding the right words for the type of recordings where you only hear a certain instrument (or part) in the left or right ear when using headphones. I find these types ...
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Drum beat mistake in Daydream by Wallace Collection?

I noticed there is a off-beat drum at 0:50 in the song Daydream by Wallace Collection. At first I thought it's a sampling problem, but then every single version of this song I could find had this ...
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Is there a recording of just the orchestra for Beethoven's 5th piano concerto?

I would like to practice with the actual orchestra (or even something synthetic) in the background to see if I can actually play at tempo. I'll never be in a position where I would be able to play it ...
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Splitting a single FLAC file into songs with a Cue sheet?

I've got a complete CD which is one large FLAC file. I also have a Cue sheet, which could be used with certain CD burning software (such as ImgBurn) to allow the CD to be split into tracks. What I ...
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Is it possible to extract supposed backward/subliminal messages from a song without the master?

I had a friend back in the early 90's who was going to give some kind of a talk in a church about the dangers in modern popular music. In this talk he had planned on spending some time discussing ...
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Non-stylistic reasons for whole-song fade out

I have noticed that a good chunk of songs, particularly older ones, use whole-song fade outs as outros to end the song. By "fade out" I am not talking about playing a final note and having that fade (...
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