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  1. I've been wanting to learn more and more about studio engineering, mixing, and recording techniques, and have had multiple questions pop up in my head over these past weeks. One I've had in mind was, how was reverb implemented to Led Zeppelin's studio tracks? It was never really just one studio for them. For their first album, I figure it's just an echo chamber or plate reverb system at Olympic Studios, where it was recorded, but pretty much every album after has confused me, especially the albums following Led Zeppelin II. Plenty of their recordings were recorded inside the rolling stones mobile studio, which they took along with them from Bron-Yr-Aur, Headley Grange, and the rest of their travels, with songs being listed to be recorded in it from Led Zeppelin III all the way to Physical Graffiti. Now for such a minor detail that no one should really care about, from a producers standpoint, where would adding reverb fit into all of this? Did the mobile studio have it's own reverb system, which I'm guessing to be a plate unit, or were they all added in post at a separate studio. I've been looking into Led Zeppelin IV, where after the recording has been finished, the tracks were taken to Sunset Studios, but the masterings were found to be terrible, so they were taken to Island Studios. Would the remastering process include reverb, did they stick with the reverb that might've been recorded at Sunset studio's in their own echo chamber? Did the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio have it's own reverb system? Anyways, thank you for reading this nonsensical post worrying over reverb, and if you happen to have any information, please share it, thank you for your time.
  2. I recently bought Led Zeppelin I, II and IV on...wait for it....cassette tape. I then digitized them adjusting the gain so the average heavy beats hit right before the red section starts. I then converted the digitized .wav file to a 32-bit depth/384k bit rate wavpack file using AIMP3. (4Gb per tape) I also dubbed the tapes whilst digitizing them. That being said: My truck has a Delco tape deck with an EQ and I have a decent range of low/mid/high speakers. Obviously it's going to sound different on every system, but it seems like a flat EQ almost sounds the best (I've adjusted it a little but not nearly as much as I need to when listening to the radio). EQ levels with radio use are most of the way up on bass, pretty much flat on mid (which I think is the 1k channel on my EQ), and treble is all the way up. Zeppelin seems to sound best with bass just a little up from flat, mid about half way up, and treble a little up from that. A nice gentle slope from left to right. My wife has a Nissan Murano with a decent sound package. This morning we were driving to work and I plugged in my phone and put it on "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You". The background guitar intro was muffled but vocals were clear (the regular or main guitar chords and licks sounded fine). We turned down the bass (but not all the way) and it seemed to help. Would turning it to 0 be the best? This song sounds great in my truck from just the dubbed copy and also sounds great on my crappy laptop speakers. Could it be that I have actual tweeters in my truck and a better EQ than just being able to adjust bass and treble? In short, is anyone aware of optimized EQ levels for Zep? Or if that was done during studio recording?
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