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Your Take, February 2012

February 1, 2012
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What is the most profound lesson you''ve learned in the studio?
Here''s our favorite response. Chris Melville wins an autographed copy of Alan Parsons'' Art & Science of Record Production DVD set. Thanks, Chris!

Ti think the most profound lessons come through experience, listening, and understanding. My most profound lesson is through listening to musicians who really use rhythm in amazing ways, like Stevie Ray Vaughan''s “Life by the Drop,” Prince''s Musicology, James Brown''s “Out of Sight,” and D''Angelo''s Brown Sugar. The placement of bass and hi-hats on some of these recordings, and the way the vocals have a chance to float but in fact are locked so tightly to the rhythm, are testaments to these artists'' talent. They''re such solid works of art that they stand up to decades of listening.
Chris Melville
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