1970's Studio Recording

recording, kim kinrade

Unlike the process when I recorded my album Kimberley (released in vinyl in 1978,) recording audio in 2021 is vastly easier and a lot less expensive.

Multi-track recording was developed in the 1950's but came to favor 10 years later with albums like Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band which, believe it or not, was recorded on a 4-track recorder.  From it's beginnings in the Ampex labs to the intuition of Les Paul (the renowned name on the popular model of Gibson guitars) the technique grew until the major studios of the late 1970's maintained equipment that recorded on a 2" reel-to-reel tape. Since the equipment in these studios (recorders and music-shaping gear) was very expensive studio time averaged between $100 and $200 per hour. Add to that the price of sidemen (if you didn't have a band) to the recording tape (approximately $300 per role of 2" and $150 for eacxh roll of 1/2" mastering tape) it didn't take long before the price of a finished album, with art and photos, pushed over $5000. If you had a recording contract and the studio was paying for it the price could go as high as $100,000 or more.

Kimberley cost me $5500 for the recording and 1000 albums. For a year I made my furniture out of the boxes (LOL!) because selling albums from stage was a herculean exercise for an introvert like me. (BTW: I still have 27 left!)

The Gist of It contains all ten songs from the album (plus 7 more) which have been re-mastered to take away distortions andother maladies from tape sitting for thirty-odd years. My friend Hal Bruce helped me with the re-mastering.

With computers the power of recording is now within reach of everyone. But the expertise is like anything else in life: To get good you have to put in your 10,000 hours..