As a new generation of recordists move from the unbridled joys of mousey-mousey-click-click-click programming to more conventional recording techniques, more than ever we are asked for advice regarding a wide gamut of analogue matters. There are some excellent user groups and advice forums on the net, but sadly there is also a mass of misinformation and downright plain old bad advice out there in cyberspace. Many of the emails I receive relate to similar topics, so I thought it might be of value to post both enquiries and replies in this section with a view to building a small glossary of recording information and advice. Please bear in mind that my views are exactly that - views and opinions rather than gospel.
Hopefully nothing will be too contentious, but I am happy to add corrections or further advice forwarded from readers where appropriate. My opinions are base upon thirty years in various aspects of the recording industry, hands on experience of a mountain of equipment during my years at Funky Junk and the support of perhaps the best analogue tech shop in Europe. In so far as SOUND is concerned, however, beauty is in the ear of the beholder, so you guys out there are the best arbiters of that. If I can offer my perspective to leaven the dough of your experience, then hopefully my observations will be worthwhile.