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December 2, 2013

The Secret of that Capitol Studios Sound


To create reverb, Les Paul built a series of eight cavernous trapezoidal echo chambers dug 30 feet below the Capitol Records building.
The sparse concrete chambers, each with there own unique characteristics, have speakers on one side and microphones on the other. Sound engineers working in the studios above can pipe audio into the reverb chambers and re-record the sound, adding as much as a five second delay, giving singers a booming vocal quality that makes it sound more like the track was recorded in a cathedral, not a sound studio in L.A. The difference is huge. | A Continuous Lean.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 2, 2013 10:48 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Les Paul was a genius.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at December 2, 2013 3:15 PM

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