Lots of times we think of the sound of a recording as a product of the producer. The producer guides the ideas and approach for the recording. It's the engineer that makes it sound the way it does. People like Emerick, Tom Dowd, Roger Nichols, Eddie Kramer, Joe Meek, and Andy Johns, have fashioned what we think of as the sound of rock - the way that rock should sound. We've spent years enjoying the Beatles because of how George Martin guided the orchestration and ideas. But we've spent years trying to copy the sounds that Geoff Emerick was able to engineer for them.
Just an addendum, I found out that over at the gearslutz forum, Mr. Emerick was a guest back near the end of June and answered some of the forum members questions. Here's the link: Q+A with Geoff Emerick - Gearslutz
I am new here, and thought that this was a good thread for my first post.
While Geoff Emerick had a huge effect on The Fabs' sound, and apparently was a really nice guy (and will be sorely missed), it is important to remember that he was one of five recording main engineers (not counting assistant / second rec. engineers) who worked with The Beatles, and I think we should appreciate all of them in toto.
The other engineers were the late Norman 'Hurricane' Smith, Ken Scott, Phil McDonald, and Richard Lush.
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