Recreating pride in music production
It is no secret that standards for the sound quality of new releases are in steady decline. The sound is getting more and more compressed and loud, which means that dynamic contrasts and air are largely absent. In turn it removes dynamics peaks with pauses and breathing space for the ears.
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As compression technologies are getting increasingly advanced along with the increased use of microscopic loudspeaker systems in headphones, tablets and PC’s, the goal of producing the loudest mix seems to become ever more vital for all parties in the music industry. It has simply become common practice.
However, it has now reached a point where studio engineers are taking less and less pride and pleasure in producing quality sound. It no longer matters. Our goal is therefore to reverse this trend.
The making of the DALI CD Vol. 5
This DALI release has been produced with the above in mind – with focus on using as little compression as possible and on high quality sound. As always, the purpose of this release is to present a wide ranging musical selection to inspire music lovers to take more pleasure in repeated listening to fine performances and outstanding sound production.
The DALI Album Vol. 5 is launched both as a CD and a LP. It is a unique release, consisting exclusively of new recordings or re-recorded tracks by some of Denmark’s best artists, i.e., recorded versions of music not otherwise available in the marketplace, whether online or off. Everyone has signed-on under the banner of “Good Sound” and joined us in the studio to record their tracks from scratch.
The dogma was simple: to create music with nerve, presence and authenticity with minimal use (if any) of compression and Auto-Tune – with all instruments, lead vocals and backing vocals recorded on the spot.
17 recording sessions in the Medley Studios
This compilation contains no less than 17 completely different orchestras/groups from as many different musical genres. Each individual recording has been made live in the studio with all instruments, musicians, separate microphone set-ups and necessary mixing gear installed.
This was a demanding task, especially because we wanted to give the artists control and let them influence the entire process and join in on the other side of the mixing desk during the two working days set aside for each track.
This method meant that no two takes were the same, but that was just a part of the charm of the process. After all, it is the final result that counts; 17 original recordings by artists, who were given the opportunity to let loose in Copenhagen’s legendary Medley Studios.
With the experienced Jakob Groth as engineer and with another industry legend, Bjørn Engelmann of the Cutting Room in Stockholm in charge of the mastering, the artists were granted the rare freedom to “do their thing” without being run through the usual “sausage grinder” of musical conformity.
For all these reasons, the 17 tracks on this release offer a wide variety of genres, styles and sounds. And each of them represents sonic craftsmanship worthy of many repeated listens, which we hope will inspire and bring pleasure!