Classic EM: Eddie Kramer, 2000

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In “Mixing with a Master” (September 2000), we sat in on a master class with the legendary engineer at the SAE Institute in New York City, where he shared recording techniques that he used on landmark sessions with the likes of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. Kramer emphasized that in those early rock days, many of the sounds we take for granted today were discovered by trial and error:

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“When we were recording stuff like Hendrix, the audio world was our oyster. We didn’t give a damn because we knew nothing. We were experimenting. Every time we rolled tape, it was like, “Wow, that sounds cool—and if I turn this knob up here and I turn that knob up there, I’ll get a weird effect.” Experimentation was the name of the game; it didn’t matter what we did. I remember putting one of Jimmy Page’s Fender amps inside a fireplace, upside down, and miking it from the top of the building.”