Beautifully Produced Albums - What haven't I heard?
April 18, 2014 8:33 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for examples of very well produced and engineered rock/pop/folk albums. Perfect acoustic guitar tones, great sounding drums, clear vocals all mixed and balanced well. If you had access to a super- duper audiophile sound system for an hour, what album or songs in your collection would you immediately NEED to hear through it? Some examples inside:
posted by BlerpityBloop to Media & Arts (58 answers total) 66 users marked this as a favorite
I've been writing and recording my miserable songs for a while now, and a huge element i need to improve is the art of mixing. EQ. Reverb. Compression. Subtle delays. Warm snare sounds. Vocal harmonies balanced in the mix. Subtle panning. etc etc.
I've read countless books, watched hundreds of tutorials, I know what I have to do and enjoying the process of learning how to do it over the years, but I've exhausted my iTunes library for reference tracks.
Some examples of some wonderful recordings:
Beck's "Morning Phase" - so incredibly balanced acoustic and electronic elements, really warm but not over-processed guitars
Daft Punk "Random Access Memories" - just so perfectly mixed and mastered, not brick walled.
John Mayer "Continuum" - the whole album feels like a warm hug
Rufus Wainwright "Want One" - so many instruments in the mix, but everything is balanced
Police - pretty much anything from their early days, even at low volumes you can FEEL each instrument, it's mixed and recorded so freakingly well
Mute Math "Odd Soul" - the production alone in this album is superb, but sonically the tone of each instrument from track to track is phenomenal. And it has some of the best drum sounds I have ever heard.
I'm not really looking for 'you have to listen to it on vinyl, man', we're talking shitty 320kbps MP3's that still bring out incredible mixes and individual instrument tones.
Is there a guitar sound you love? A drum kick that makes your hair stand on end? Some awesome use of reverb to make is sound like it was recorded in your basement? What have I heard but not REALLY heard that I need to hear. All genres welcome, but as I mostly record shitty acoustic rock, I'd like to keep my reference tracks close to home.
Thanks in advance!