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 Posted:   Jan 21, 2021 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   zipfunk   (Member)

I notice all the high end is rolled off a lot of orchestral string sections in films these days.

Just wondering if anyone else noticed this and if they know of a reason.
My only guess is to keep it from interfering with dialogue and to make it sound more lush.

Also, the piano sound where all the high end is rolled right off and the reverb is huge is also a big thing for the past decade.

I'm thinking Gary Jules started it. hahaha


 Posted:   Jan 21, 2021 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

If we are talking about the same thing, this approach to string recording was very much in vogue in the 1960s, combined with reverb added to the strings. Michel Legrand loved this type of string sound. It produces a full, rounded sound, and back in the days of LPs, it prevented the strings from sounding shrill in the upper register.

 Posted:   Jan 22, 2021 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   iain k   (Member)

This is more a function of how the strings are recorded these days. Methods that put more distance between the players and the microphones are in favour. The resulting sound is warmer, more of a cohesive section with less high frequency detail.

In post production, plug-ins or gear that emphasize the low end are sometimes used, like additive EQ, tape saturation, compression of the bass signal (below ~150 Hz on the Contrabass), etc. However, low pass filtering is not common. On a good set up and mix, in my opinion, the post production tends to be more subtle because the engineer has done much of the heavy lifting with the set-up.

This is especially true of the big scores recorded at the famous stages.

 Posted:   Jan 22, 2021 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   zipfunk   (Member)

Hi guys,

Thank you for the insight.
I apologize for not replying when you posted as for some reason my motification didn't come through.


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