Recording engineer Bill Schnee talks about his illustrious career working with such artists as Steely Dan, Thelma Houston, and many other top-name musicians; his direct-to-disc recordings for Sheffield Labs; his own label, Bravura Records, for which he records live performances direct to 2-channel; the importance of using a 192 kHz sampling rate and 24-bit resolution when recording digitally; how he built and equipped his own recording studio; answers to chat-room questions; and more.
I'll look forward to following Bravura's progress. Thanks again, Scott, for giving me another weekly dose of important and cool stuff.
Thelma Houstons performance absolutely sizzles... If only... she had not dropped that last bar... I would follow up and ask Bill Schnee... how did they produce the CD?.... parallel output to to the cutters and a master tape and then to a standard A to D mastering process of the day... (early CD's)... (Tower of Power and Dave Gruisn tracks are great... James Newton Howards track really swings as well.
Second follow up... How would his 24/192 A to D manage those old Sheffield tapes sound? ... Is it worth trying to recover these recordings... or are we looking at newly recorded music..
A key factor in appreciating high res 24/192 music will be your access to a High Resolution Audio system.... These are pricy! Does he hear the differences in high res formats... 44 to 96 to 192 on headphones? It could be that experience of the somato-sensory plus auditory system are only engaged when listening to a great sound system in a good listening room.(Tis my theory on how high res works on the human experience)
Anybody have an idea of how resolving a high res stereo system you need to hear the value in high resolution file formats...
Phase shifts and jitter ruin the sound experience whether its 44 to 192... How does his studio gear manage this trick given it's vintage origins..
Beyond frequency range and compression that Bill addresses... it is the inner detail of a complex recording and it's signal to noise that gets a recording a Grammy... What are secrets in capturing this info.
Does he have a favorite DAC that matches his high res files... Low jitter etc....
Lastly.... a question about the artists and their culture... Do they value the integrity of a live performance going straight to the hard drive... no fooling around with tracks...OR are they so hooked on their pro tools on their pc that ... along with autotune...a huge disk of stuff/tracks can be handed to the engineer and told... Make me a hit record!
thanks and I loved the interview!
An audiophile likes to talk about how much they spent and how good it sounds.
A DIY'er likes to talk about how little they spent and how good it sounds.
24-bit/192KHz indeed. Thank you!
There is no argument-2 formats are clearly better. They do not use sacd for audio tracks on bd movies!