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were early recordings of bands done live? such as bands like the beatles?

were early recordings of bands done live? such as bands like the beatles?

If by "live" you mean "in concert", on location. Yes, there were live recordings done back in the 60's.

However, if by "live" you mean "Everybody, in one studio all playing at the same time", as opposed to the standard way of recording today, which is every instrument on it's own track, then mixed and mastered… Also yes, though in the 60's there was some mixing done as well, with the advent of 2, 3, 4 track recording equipment, eventually 8,16, and 24 track recorders becoming the norm at the end of the decade. (now 24, 36 and 48 track recorders are the standard in studios). Also there was some separation within the studio back in the 60's through the use of baffles and isolation booths, among other methods.

Just concentrating on the era you mention (The Beatles era of the 60's) The majority of 60's music was done with everybody in one studio, at the same time. One or two, microphones hanging from the ceiling, and louder instruments, such as drums placed further away, sometimes surounded by baffles to dampen sound slightly.

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  1. Lefty Says:

    Yes, the beatles have a few.
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  2. Donna Says:

    If by "live" you mean "in concert", on location. Yes, there were live recordings done back in the 60's.

    However, if by "live" you mean "Everybody, in one studio all playing at the same time", as opposed to the standard way of recording today, which is every instrument on it's own track, then mixed and mastered… Also yes, though in the 60's there was some mixing done as well, with the advent of 2, 3, 4 track recording equipment, eventually 8,16, and 24 track recorders becoming the norm at the end of the decade. (now 24, 36 and 48 track recorders are the standard in studios). Also there was some separation within the studio back in the 60's through the use of baffles and isolation booths, among other methods.

    Just concentrating on the era you mention (The Beatles era of the 60's) The majority of 60's music was done with everybody in one studio, at the same time. One or two, microphones hanging from the ceiling, and louder instruments, such as drums placed further away, sometimes surounded by baffles to dampen sound slightly.
    References :
    Me- Former recording engineer, who has also studied recording equipment history.

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