Professional Sound - Indepth

Revelations by Eugene Martynec

I was doing electric guitar overdubs on the first Kensington Market album in the late sixties, and I was getting frustrated by my terrible guitar sound. I asked producer Felix Pappalardi (Felix was enjoying huge success with Cream at the time) how Eric Clapton got such a great sound. He said that they put a mic in front of his amp and he played. Simple!

He supplied most of that great sound. I later found out that this was the case with all good musicians, and that the studio was an enhancement tool, not an apology for poor listening habits from the musicians. Years later, I got a classic question: “Can you make me sound like Jimi Hendrix?”My retort was, “If you can play like him, we can certainly make you sound like him.”

Eugene Martynec – Juno Award-winning producer (credits include Bruce Cockburn, Edward Bear, Murray McLauchlan, Doug & the Slugs).

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Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief at Professional Sound. He is also a co-host of Canadian Musician Radio and NWC Webinars’ series of free music and entertainment industry webinars.
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