Interview with Elliot Mazer - Neil Young's Producer & Engineer
24 channels at 192kHz, Levon Helm's snare, The Green Board
[Neil Young's famous Universal Audio 610 console used to record among other's the Elliot Mazer-produced Harvest].
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Recently, we linked over to a couple of fascinating, must read interviews with Neil Young's closest audio engineers John Hanlon and John Nowland (see Producer John Hanlon On Recording Neil Young's two latest albums, Americana and Psychedelic Pill and Inside Broken Arrow Ranch's Redwood Studios with John Nowland).
If you enjoyed those postings, you'll definitely enjoy this one also.
Elliot Mazer's long working relationship with Neil Young and his many projects is impressive -- Grammy-award-winning Record Producer, Studio Owner, Recording Engineer, Inventor, Professor, and more, Elliot has worked with Janis Joplin, Santana, Sinatra, The Who, and most famously Neil Young. He has also been involved in the developmental phases of the digital technologies of our time including work at Stanford University’s Computer Center for Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), building what is regarded as the first all-digital recording studio, and more recently working with the Warner Music Group on their Archive Project, and consulting to OraStream and Pono.
From Q&A with Elliot Mazer | AudioStream by Michael Lavorgna:
AudioStream: You have worked with Neil Young for decades, producing among others his classic Harvest album. Mr. Young has made the headlines lately with his Pono technology and he is helping to raise awareness for HD downloads and continues to be one a few voices for better sound quality overall. Do you think hi-rez PCM, DSD, and/or Pono have a chance to become the norm for music distribution?More on Q&A with Elliot Mazer | AudioStream by Michael Lavorgna.
Elliot Mazer: Pono will be a success to a smaller audience.
Steve Jobs had a fantastic stereo system at home while his business sold bad sounding AAC files for iPods. I am sure Steve would love Pono and subscribe. I hope Pono offers a wide array of good music. That would be the best way to make it a success.
Elliot Mazer: That UA Green Board is similar to boards I used in Nashville and LA. The mike preamps that UA sells today are from that design. The Green Board was simple, sounded great and was (is) extremely reliable. I have 3 610 mike preamps here. Many of the studios in Nashville, Memphis and Muscle Shoals used UA boars with the same preamps. Neil's board came from Wally Heider Recording. I used that very board to record Ball and Chain (Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company) at Winterland and a Richie Havens album we recorded in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.