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Pressed for All TimeProducing the Great Jazz Albums from Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday to Miles Davis and Diana Krall$
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Michael Jarrett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630588

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630588.001.0001

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Recording to Hard Drive

Recording to Hard Drive

Producing Digitally, 1991–2013

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Pressed for All Time

Michael Jarrett

University of North Carolina Press

When digital audio workstations (DAWs) do not multiply recording options to unthinkable levels of over-choice, they have simplified and automated tasks that were exceedingly difficult and time consuming to execute on analog tape. But they have informed jazz production most profoundly in the smallest sorts of ways. Fixing the little stuff that once marred, otherwise stellar, performances is now very quick and easy. A number of jazz recordings discussed in this chapter were not recorded digitally, and when they were, many of their producers merely treated digital tape and hard drives as the new, perhaps "improved," analog tape. Much of the time, in the world of jazz production a potentially revolutionary technology is just added to—and conceptualized in terms of–what was already available.

Keywords:   Jazz record production, Recording jazz musicians, History of jazz, Fusion, neo-traditional, and post-modern jazz, Creating and packaging record albums, Recording technologies (digital media), Interviews with producers, Oral histories

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