It’s something you’ll hear over and over again, and it’s great advice:
“Get it right at the source”
It’s easy to understand why – you need a great mix to get a great master, you need a great recording to get a great mix, you need great musicians and great performances to get a great recording, and also great microphones.
And there aren’t many places in the world where you get to choose from such a great selection of mics as at Abbey Road – there are over 800 in their collection !
(Which isn’t to say that you need 800 mics to make great recordings, by the way – see below)