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Old 1st February 2003
Originally posted by Bernd G
If you had to explain to someone what constitutes the sound of the eighties in popular music what would your answer be ? How did your favourite equipment used at the time factor into this ?
I hope you don't mind me jumping in here (as no one else has so far).
The two things that sum up the 80's for me are big (rather unnatural) reverbs and the Fairlight. Most 80's 'pop' music sounds dated and sterile to me now.
I listened to the 'Slave to the Rhythm' album the other day. I thought it was AMAZING at the time, it sounded rather naff on relistening.
The 80's was the period when everyone was moving rapidly towards digital.
Of course it was the period when many studios junked their 70's consoles and installed SSL.
Enter Al........