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Phoenix Bought "Thriller" Recording Console...

Posted by: Jason Tate (02/07/13)
Phoenix's new album, Bankrupt!, was mixed on the Harrison 4032 solid-state recording console used to make Michael Jackson's legendary Thriller.
"The most mysterious part to me was that no one else-- no nerd or music engineer or memorabilia freak-- seemed to want it," frontman Thomas Mars told The New Yorker. "There was something a little spooky about him [Rose]. He was very pushy. It seemed like a scam. " After a prolonged and skeptical online back-and-forth with Rose, Mars committed to the console for a price of $17,000 (the original asking price was $32,000) and shipped it to Paris to begin mixing Bankrupt!.
 
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11:49 AM on 02/07/13
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Hence the album title?
11:49 AM on 02/07/13
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Well played my man.
12:07 PM on 02/07/13
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That's pretty fucking cool and an incredible deal for such a legendary piece of equipment.
12:08 PM on 02/07/13
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Very cool.
12:28 PM on 02/07/13
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$17,000 for a mixing console? So you might say they're....:puts shades on:....bankrupt?

/showmethedoor
12:28 PM on 02/07/13
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FUCK beat me to my bad joke
12:29 PM on 02/07/13
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Good for them and all that jazz, but it seems like many bands these days say "oh we recorded our new album directly to tape" or "we recorded it all live", and then the album actually comes out and...it sounds like any other album mixing/production-wise. I guess I'm just one of those people who doesn't pay much attention to production/mixing (whatever the difference is), unless it sounds like shit, of course. So yeah, uh...way to go, Phoenix...?
12:32 PM on 02/07/13
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crazy! and awesome
12:41 PM on 02/07/13
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That's pretty sweet.

I want this album!
12:58 PM on 02/07/13
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awesome!
01:00 PM on 02/07/13
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no PROFESSIONAL engineering would buy that in their right mind! i used the desk they record tons of metallica records..so what. vintage gear is a pain in the ass, tack an extra $50k a year just for maintenance.. that poor band just wasted a ton of money, suckers.
01:05 PM on 02/07/13
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no PROFESSIONAL engineering would buy that in their right mind! i used the desk they record tons of metallica records..so what. vintage gear is a pain in the ass, tack an extra $50k a year just for maintenance.. that poor band just wasted a ton of money, suckers.

What are you trying to say? Are you implying that no professional engineers buy and use consoles?
01:17 PM on 02/07/13
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no PROFESSIONAL engineering would buy that in their right mind! i used the desk they record tons of metallica records..so what. vintage gear is a pain in the ass, tack an extra $50k a year just for maintenance.. that poor band just wasted a ton of money, suckers.
i think they are either nerds, music engineers, or memorabilia freaks.
01:31 PM on 02/07/13
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no PROFESSIONAL engineering would buy that in their right mind! i used the desk they record tons of metallica records..so what. vintage gear is a pain in the ass, tack an extra $50k a year just for maintenance.. that poor band just wasted a ton of money, suckers.
i'll buy that desk for $23,000
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