Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Jeff Lorber Shares Thoughts On Live Recording

Keyboardist, composer, and producer Jeff Lorber has gotten a great response from fans to his latest CD, Heard That. Most of the tracks on the project were recorded live, with musicians in the same room. That doesn't always happen these days, when studio time is expensive and the top musicians don't always live in the same city.

Many musicians record their parts on mp3 files and send them to the producer over the Internet to be mixed together. Lorber says he prefers live recording not only for the sound of it, but because there's more room to improvise.

Asked about file-sharing production, he told us: "To be honest I don't like it as much as being in the room with people. Because the thing about trading files, I mean, it can be OK if the person that you're sending it to is a good producer and a good musician and also they have like sort of production sense where they can kind of edit themselves and produce themselves to make sure that what they're doing really fits perfectly."

Lorber added that while it may seem expensive to record live, it often saves time: "The thing is if you're in a room with somebody and you're recording, you can have hundreds of interactions where you're saying, oh, you know, can you play more, can you play less, can you play faster, slower, or higher, lower, whatever, you know. When you do it with files over the Internet, every one of those interactions can take hours, days, or (laughs) whatever." whatever.)

Lorber is preparing to set sail January 18th from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on the Smooth Music Cruise with host Wayman Tisdale.

By: Janine Coveney

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