Every recording is "equalized" if only by the choice of mic, since every mic sounds different and the engineer will choose one that benefits the performer's voice. This is also true of amplified live performances although to a lesser extent. Mics there are sometimes chosen for their reliability and ruggedness. Take away the mic and sound system from any pop singer and you will be disappointed by the sound of their voice in a large venue.
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I think you misunderstand whazt i said in the OP,
The whole isssues here is ~~modern studio engineers, did they get carried away with their gadgets,,a bit too far from the original voice~~.
I spoke with my tech guy,on this Q, he says, alot of the voice mods really began in the early 80's.
IOW all others before , voices were tweaked, slightly extended.
DK's voice, though talented, can not hold up under *Unplugged sessions*. Here,you hear what i mean, Sure Patsy's voice has a amplification, which only lends more vol, thrust to her voice range,, But does not mask any weaknesses.
= More organic, vs the modern engineered variety, = not all fake, but lets say, Not as real as we might think.
Lets not get carried away in modern times, by modern gadgets.
There was once a Golden Age of Singing.
@mozartfan - give it up.
Your post came across initially as an attack on DK. You havent done/said/written anything to defend your argument.
As several have pointed out, microphones, venue, electronics, the sound engineer influence what we hear. If you dont like diana krall, just say so. I personally cant stand the stones. They are far from original and sound like someone is striking a cat's paws with a hammer. And that is on a good day!
Would i use them as reference material? No! I would use something/someone i am more intimately familiar with in that i listen to a recording/selection/performance over and over and... Jessica by The Allman Brothers comes to mind.
To make the sort of back handed attack as your OP does a disservice to all of us in here. You are better then that.
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