In yesteryears I could listen to a finished song and ‘hear’ a Urei comp
or an Eventide processor or a Joe Meek pre
or even when an SSL board or a Neave board
or when Massenberg EQ’s or if Agfa tape or Ampex 456
were used in a production. etc etc etc
Seems back then certain pieces of gear had such a distinct sound quality about them,
you could hear them ‘workin’ (doing their thang) even in a final mix.
Many of the major record companies also had a certain ‘sound’
due in part to the specific gear used in their studios.
Is this still true today?
Can you listen to a piece of new work and tell what recording gear was used?
Or has introduction of the ‘DAW’ leveled the playing field?
because of the advancements in tech, even poorly
written and performed work can still ‘sound’ good.