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Monty
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Another Question for you Recording Guys

I like Diana Krall, but her Love Scenes disc has an annoying characteristic that makes me curious as to what is going on.

I'm thinking this might be some sort of mic issue or layering of her vocals on top of the band. Anyway, there seems to be a disconnect between the music and her vocals just as she begins to sing. This happens all over the disc and isn't limited to the beginning of her entrance. It's as if you can hear the mic being turned on right before her vocals or the tape hiss as it's layered over the band. The sound has a sudden start and stop quality to do with the vocals.

If this makes any sense, what's going on?

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Re: Another Question for you Recording Guys

That's due to a gate being used which I found offputting on her recordings years ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise_gate

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Re: Another Question for you Recording Guys

That's it, all-right. Not cool.

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Re: Another Question for you Recording Guys

There are many things going on with Ms. Krall's albums. For example, the instrumental/orchestral parts are recorded completely separately and the vocal is placed on top, close mic'd and with a reverb that has nothing to do with the sound of the instruments. It can make one a bit seasick.

While it is acoustic lite-jazz, her albums are substantially compressed - unlike even relatively recent past history where acoustic jazz was handled gently with open, transparent, clear sound. Compression can impact the sound in some odd ways.

Norah Jones' first album was also overly compressed - with little dynamics, impact, and interest (needing as much as it can get of each of these things, sorely lacking in all). Her second album was quite a bit worse - nasty sound.

I have no clue where all the noise comes from on Ms. Krall's albums. There is plenty of money, excellent equipment and good engineers available for her recordings - so why all the grainy noise?

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