Poets the life boats.
Every sane person I know has jumped
Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master
“…recording techniques now are different. Everything is safe and you’ve got choices. They can pitch correct your voice and put your instrument through virtual this, that, and the other plug-ins. And it’s all there. What amp do you want? All right, bonk, and up it comes, and it’s a bitch of a Marshall. There’s too much assistance and not enough hard-edged, “C’mon, what have you got?” There’s a microphone, you’ve got the amplifier, there’s the take, go and play. And that’s what I really like, and I miss that. That way you’re on your toes right away and you know that you’re going to succeed or fail. And if you don’t succeed you go back and try again. The way I’m describing is that Pro Tools draws you to a place that you don’t want to be and it makes you stay there because it actually give you something that you shouldn’t have, which is a sort of flattery: the fact that you were sounding like crap a minute ago and now you don’t. So I don’t like that. And I tried to make this album like we could play it, and I’m damn sure we can play it. It’s always in the back of my mind: “How are we going to do this?”
- Excerpt from an Interview with Jeff Beck, Guitar Player Magazine, June 2010