After more years than I would care to mention, as a recording engineer, I have come to a definite conclusion. True stereo filtering seems to alter spatial perceptions in a bizarre and unexpected way. I first came to this conclusion many years ago whilst slaving away on reggae sessions trying to create the ultimate dub. After hours of total self gratification - fiddling with the EQ sweeps of my mixing desk, I sheepishly turned round to see whether the band had lost the will to live or at the very least abandoned all hope of leaving the studio with a finished master. To my utter astonishment and ego enhancement I was presented with several pairs of feet pointing towards the heavens with quivering smiles of ecstacy plastered across their lips. It wasnt their music any more - it had turned into something strange and indescribable - but somehow it didnt seem to matter.
Several years later I was re-creating this effect on the majority
of my sessions and was beginning to feel slightly miffed at the
dull, nagging ache I was developing in my back from bending over
the desk like a bloody contortionist to get to all those darned
Hark!! I thought to myself What if all these knobs were in one unit - what if all these wonderful sounds could be produced from one box - what if Pamela Anderson really was my girlfriend - what if one piece of outboard could produce stereo filtering, Frequency dependent panning, gating, LFO blah blah blah blah .........
The Mutator was born.
Mark Angelo Recording Studios, and co-creator of the Mutator
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