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The Right Track: A Veteran Engineer On His Favorite Recording & Related Matters


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On The Right Track: A Veteran Engineer Discusses His Favorite Recording & Related Matters
Long-time front of house engineer Dave Natale on his favorite reference tracks for tuning sound systems and the history behind his choice
By Dave Natale • Posted in Reading Room on August 7, 2018

I’ve been using the same CD since about 1985 or so, a Sheffield Lab recording entitled “James Newton Howard & Friends.” The original vinyl version was recorded direct to disc (no stopping, no mistakes, no overdubs) by the legendary Bill Schnee at the then MGM Scoring Stage, now the Sony Scoring Stage that’s also known as the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage.

Mastered by the late (and legendary) Doug Sax, the album features keyboardist/composer James Newton Howard on grand piano and keyboards joined by his friends from the band Toto: David Paich and Steve Porcaro on keyboards, Jeff Porcaro on drums, and Joe Porcaro on percussion. That alone should be an immediate indicator of why I use this recording when equalizing/tuning systems.

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