Andy Hermant believes a mix of analog and digital recording techniques is the ideal way to work. PS asked which stages should be performed in which domain.
I call it my Golden Rule. First, you’ve got to have a great song. Nothing starts without a great song. Then you need to have a great performance. If you don’t have the song or the performance, you’re still nowhere.
But after that, grab the best microphone you can find, the best preamp, and the best converters. Then comes the all-important mic technique. Once you have that pure source material, you can bring it into the digital domain and go crazy and manipulate the recording to get the most out of it.
If you don’t have the goods going in, you won’t have the goods going out.
Andy Hermant founded the Manta Sound Company, Canada’s first digital multi-track studio, Duke Street Records, and 1:2:1 Recording. He was manager of Post Production at the CBC for 13 years and has served on the boards of CARAS, CIRPA, FACTOR, and Roy Thomson and Massey Halls.