Which gives you the feeling of physically and viscerally connecting with your tones? Which option offers more hidden surprises both fun and frustrating; which offers more idiosyncratic variation, a more lasting experience, a greater chance to live in the moment and to make your personal mark in the world?
Until the answer to that changes, I’ll be down on one knee, headphones on, moving the right mic in front of the right amp until it slides right into the sweet spot.
Justin Colletti is a Brooklyn-based audio engineer, college professor, and journalist. He records and mixes all over NYC, masters at JLM, teaches at CUNY, is a regular contributor to SonicScoop, and edits the music blog Trust Me, I’m A Scientist.