Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl

Question everything

How did we come to use mono microphones to capture music on stereo recordings?

I know I’ve ranted before about this but I cannot get it out of my head.

The more I get into the art of recording the more I am questioning the accepted practices so ingrained into the recording culture as to be almost sacrosanct.

There’s clearly a “religion” around the culture. A pervasive thought process that goes something like:

“Why do it that way? Well, because that’s the way it’s always been done and surely there’s a reason for that.” (or the corolary “that’s what the pros do”)

My motto (which I know drives our team crazy) is Question everything.

And especially question the things that everyone (and in particular the pros) has always done.

When you’re working on building something that is striving to be the best in the world it probably pays to question what everyone else who is not the best in the world is doing.

Seems to just make sense.