posi+ive feedback's 'artist perspective' from Lyn Stanley on making a direct to disc recording
There is some confusion in the audio world about the difference between a Direct to Disc recording and a One Step Record. Lyn Stanley has made both and she will explain in detail what they are and what is required to make each. Here are her words.
I am about to embark on my seventh album 'London Calling - A Toast To Julie London,' and it will be a Direct-To-Disc, or D2D as many of us abbreviate it. In 2017 I produced two One-Step albums, and many of my fans kept calling them D2D. So, for those who want to "Get Real" about audio, I will explain the difference. A Direct-To-Disc recording is a recording technique. Here, no mastering is done for the record. Instead, it is a live recording that is mixed on the spot by the engineer using whatever board they prefer, and that mix is immediately fed into the lathe machine to make a lacquer, the first step in the making of a vinyl record. (It can also simultaneously go into PCM [a computer ProTools™ capture], DSD, and tape-reel to reel, if set up correctly.) This means that the musicians and vocalist get tracked for every small nuance-a cough, a page turn, a comment, whatever-because it is live, and this is what goes on the record. We have to play enough music to fill one side of a lacquer with about a three second pause between each song once completed. The musicians and vocalist must be very prepared, as there is no time to make adjustments. It's live.
Lyn Stanley (photograph by Evelina Pentcheva)
Lyn Stanley in the studio (photograph by Mark Lewis)