Ongoing History Daily: The analogue efforts of Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire is one of those bands that loves the sound of old analogue recordings. And they demonstrated just how far they’re willing to go with how they made their album, The Suburbs. To be honest, it’s really hard to make a fully-analogue album today, but the band wanted to come as close as possible to realizing this vision.

First, they acquired a 1940s-era mixing console that ran on vacuum tubes. No transistors anywhere. They hooked up a 24-track tape machine to that console and recorded all the songs for the record. Once a track was completed, it was pressed onto 12-inch vinyl. That vinyl recording was then turned into the digital master of the song.

Did all this effort make a difference? Only your ears can tell.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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