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Interview with Keith Johnson from Reference Recordings @ Stereophile

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Keith O. Johnson: Reference Recordings | Stereophile.com


FYI, an interesting interview. I only have a handful of recordings by them, as unfortunately the repertoire they record usually doesn't match my taste, but those are really among the best classical recordings from a technical point of view I've ever heard (especially the Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances.


Many interesting insights on microphone placement etc.


It's a reissue of a 1983 interview, Soni hope his opinion on digital would be different today.

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Love this quote from KJ.


Johnson: Not really. The only reason I can see for doing that is to compensate for the lack of detail in a poor playback system. I don't make recordings to be played on poor systems.


This in regard to multi-miking for recordings.


Sure beats the idea of recording for use in a car or over earbuds doesn't it.

And always keep in mind: Cognitive biases, like seeing optical illusions are a sign of a normally functioning brain. We all have them, it’s nothing to be ashamed about, but it is something that affects our objective evaluation of reality. 

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