How did recording artists achieve the lush, lounge-y 1950s sound?
January 9, 2013 11:31 AM Subscribe
Enlighten me on instrumental and recording techniques of the 1950s.
posted by Gordion Knott to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Specifically, I'm thinking of instrumental passages such as those in the intro and at the 1:38 point of this recording
of Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable." At 1:38, cords are played on a piano, but they seem to be backed up by a percussion instrument, such as a xylophone, to give them added depth. Is this the case? And what makes the plucked violin strings sound, well, so defined and almost tinny? Later on, the lush violins kick in, an effect that I believe was derogatively called "1000 strings." How did studio bands or sound engineers achieve this lush effect without actually employing 1000 violinists?
What were the other techniques and tricks employed by musicians and sound engineers to engender the lounge-y sound of this era?