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    Sinatra in the studio

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    LA Weekly is a local LA music based newspaper...Henry Rollins is an on staff writer...always some good stuff to read..

    This week an interview of what it was like to work with Sinatra in a studio with the engineer that recorded several of Sinatra's bigger hits of the late 60's early 70's..

    Frank was pretty bad ass I guess...a one take wonder..

    For those of you interested from an engineers perspective HERE is the article..

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    Good article even though focused mostly on the one tune "Strangers in the Night". I've read some other things about Sintra sessions and about his favorite mics. I think that over at Capitol they have a Telefunken U47 that is marked as "Frank's mic" and he used only that mic during his Capitol years. I think it was actually manufactured by Neumman, but commercially branded as Telefunken.

    One thing that stuck out a bit in the article was this comment:

    "A bit of studio trickery often was involved as well. As Sinatra aged and his voice started showing a bit of strain, Lee started editing together certain takes to make a seamless master take..."


    It shows that studio editing is not new to DAWs and it's been used even for other singers who many would call some of the best. I've heard the same was done for singers like Whitney Houston (during her best years) and many others.
    So no shame for us typical home rec guys when you have to comp a few tracks to get a good, clean finished version.
    I'm sure all their takes were good...it's about being a perfectionist and picking the ones that were the most consistent.

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    Good article. I've read Sinatra's biography and the article echoes a lot of it. I think there were better singers, but Sinatra was really in control of his career and was partially successful just due to sheer willpower.

    It says something about the quality of the musicians in those days too.

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    I saw a video of him in the studio one time, think he was recording "It Was A Very Good Year." Was pretty cool seeing how they had everything laid out. He was about 8-10 ft away from maybe a dozen or so people playing the violins, facing them. Puffing on a cigar in between takes, he told one of the violinists that he was a bit sour on a certain note lol. I'll have to see if I can find that again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    It shows that studio editing is not new to DAWs
    Indeed. It never was new to DAWs. It's been around ever since they invented razor blades and splicing tape.

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    Cool vid of Sinatra. This was the one I was thinking of, but I must have seen a few others that all got blended together in my head


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    Great song.

    Notice how he's not singing in a small, closed, foam-covered booth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitaristic View Post
    Cool vid of Sinatra. This was the one I was thinking of, but I must have seen a few others that all got blended together in my head

    Nice

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    Interesting conducting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manslick View Post
    Interesting conducting.
    Yeah that part around 4:47 gets me every time lol

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