Stages of Making a Record

Here’s a little animation I made showing the different phases of making a vinyl record.
This animation is part of the Making of Dream Analog Documentary to be released later this  year. 

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Documentary in the works!

Teri Hitt at Laughing Tiger Studio in Northern California. Recording a part for Dream Analog.

We shot a bunch of video and photos during the process of making this all analog record. It was 4 years in the making all and all.  I’ve been editing a short documentary about the process of making Dream Analog.

Recording Analog is quite different from the process of digital recording. I think it’s important to preserve analog recording processes for future generations. I hope more musicians will get to hear their music recorded analog and realize the “extra” benefits of recording this way.

Editing this is a high jump for me (to say the least) but I’m slowly putting it together. It will be released later this year.

Wishing you all the best in these strange and revealing times. Take good care of yourself. Lift yourself up through the chaos to a better perspective, a happier, more at peace state of being. That’s where you belong.

There’s Something Special in Analog Sound

If you’ve ever listened to an analog vinyl record, you know there is something special in the sound
there’s a warm resonance that can’t be denied.
Sine waves are good for music.



Dream Analog was recorded to tape and then digitized for you to stream it here and on CD. The 180 vinyl was mastered by Bernie Grundman.

 

Dream Analog is out in the Universe!

Happy to announce we just released Dream Analog,
a true analog album!

Buy 180g Vinyl, CDs and Mp3s at BandCamp.com
 

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Lyrics

Liner Notes

This album is a collection of songs about waking up to yourself and what happens after you step into a new series of perceptions that change your life forever.  Many of us have been realizing for sometime that the mundane physical reality is not all there is. There is much much more to the picture here on Earth. There are multi-dimensional aspects to life that can’t always be put into words. I hope that these songs will assist you on your own path of self discovery through these very strange times.

There is a certain essence that is retained in recording analog (to tape). It feels and sounds more earthy to me, more holistic. Even the digital files that were created after the music was mixed on analog equipment still sound better to me than if the music was initially recorded digitally. There’s just more there.

I hope you will get a chance to hear the record and feel it.

Why Analog Recording Matters

Why Analog Recording Matters

Analog recording allows the feeling in the music to be more completely delivered. WHY?

The recording process is completely different. In Analog recording (to tape) the whole sine wave is recorded.
In digital recording there are samples taken that are then strung together creating square waves. So you’re looking at a difference in the wave form that is created… Sine wave or Square wave.

Analog recording reflects natural harmonic overtones and a warm tonal resonance because it is recording the whole wave form. Digital recordings create square waves instead of sine waves leaving out dimensions you might want to feel and know about. Even if later converted to digital, music initially recorded to tape (analog) fundamentally has more feeling to draw from for the mp3 or wave file.

SO WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

Sound effects us in many ways consciously and unconsciously. It may effect the construct of reality more than we can imagine because we’re in it and can’t really get an outside view. Listen to some music that was recorded analog. Such as any album from the 70’s before DATs (digital audio tape) or look for new music out now that specifically says recorded to tape (analog) or AAA on the sleeve (which means it was A=Recorded analog, A=Mixed Analog and A= Mastered analog). See how it makes you feel? That’s the most important thing.

Human beings respond to analog recordings. Music recorded that way informs us in very specific ways. You’re human (I assume) — go listen to some music that was recorded analog and feel for yourself. You may find you access dimensions in the music that you have not felt before.

LISTENING

There are listening rooms popping up in Los Angeles and other places. They have a lot of these in Japan. These are bars/places you can go to listen to vinyl records. Some of them were probably recorded analog. Go listen and see how you feel.

DREAM ANALOG


Recorded, mixed and mastered analog. Mastered for vinyl by Bernie Grundman. 
CD Mastered by Brian David Hardin.

Long Live Analog!

© Teri Hitt