Fades In Songs

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Fades In Songs

Postby OneWAY » Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:30 pm

One of your previous responses inspired this question of mine (Thanks for doing this, btw!):

Are there any recording habits you don't like to hear in (recorded) songs? I particularly don't like fades at the end of songs, because I think it's kind of a let-down after listening to a song for 3 1/2 minutes. I'm always very happy to hear some of the live versions of songs you guys do to "counteract" fades in Al's songs.
8/26/08, 7/15/10, 7/16/10, 7/17/10, 11/5/10, 9/22/11, 9/24/11, 9/25/11, 4/30/12, 10/19/13, 5/19/15, 8/19/15, 8/21/15, 7/16/16, 3/3/18, 3/22/18, 4/20/18, 4/27/18, 6/14/19, 6/15/19, 6/21/19
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Re: Fades In Songs

Postby bermuda » Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:01 pm

I've never thought about whether a fade is a good or bad thing, it just is what it is. Same goes for any other production or performance aspect of a recording, it's presented in the way the artist intended, and is therefore correct. That's not to say that I might not handle a song differently if I was in charge, but I rarely feel that something turned out badly.

There are some egregious gaffs in recorded music, but they date back 40+ years and are few and far between. Artists and producers and record labels don't tolerate many organic or just plain bad mistakes.

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