By: MTB
Category: General discussion

October 15, 2018

Seems that I’ve gotten conditioned to expect a little sarcasm/skepticism/satire when a character in a MK song is successful. He always seems sympathetic to those struggling or living simply but honestly, and takes a sharper look at the big shots – dating back to DS days through solo material. That’s part of what threw me at first during early listens of ‘Good on You, Son’ — I assumed the usual grain of satire with this song out of the gate, but, looking at the lyrics- it seems a genuine pat on the back– “What would you have had him do?” — this actually feels like a bit of an outlier for MK rather than the familiar territory. He said as much on what I saw of the recent Italian interview/Q&A. Do you regard it as a bit unusual in that respect?

Not really, it struck me as a more congratulatory 'American' viewpoint as opposed to a typically resentful British one.

By: mschaap
Category: General discussion

October 15, 2018

What is your opinion about the mqa format? How do you think it compares to hi-res formats such as flac 192/24 and dsd64? And what about regular cd 44.1/16?
Thanks for all your wonderful work, both in the studio and online!

I haven't had time to compare but have been prompted to do so by Bob Ludwig.

By: TJ
Category: Miscellaneous

October 15, 2018

Fundraiser for Jack's daughter…

» https://www.gofundme.com/nadine-sonni?fbclid=IwAR1...

By: bizzfred
Category: General discussion

October 15, 2018

i’m sorry for this question but i read a very sad news about Jack Sonni daughter, Nadine. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, may be you can confirm ? i saw that there is a website to raise fund to help Jack’s family.
thank you. Fred

» https://www.gofundme.com/nadine-sonni

Yes, I'm afraid it is true. We all have very heavy hearts at the moment. Our thoughts are with Jack and the family. Fundraising link attached.

By: Andrew
Category: Gear

October 15, 2018

Hi , please is it possibile to know wich guitars/amps are used in “down to the road wherever” ??
Thank you

Sure, upon its release I'm sure that will be fine.

By: Terminal
Category: General discussion

October 14, 2018

Hi Guy,
I saw a video of Mark in Italy for the Imaginaction. Had he a bad back ? I hope he’s fine.
Thank you.

Mark is fine as far as I'm aware.

By: Tom
Category: General discussion

October 14, 2018

Hi Doc, a lil' album recommendation: Nordub by Norwegian jazz trumpetist Nils Petter Molvaer. Playing on this album is also Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Dope music and cool production. Cheers, Tom

By: Anthony Nash
Category: General discussion

October 13, 2018

Hi Guy,

I heard a little rumour that Mark will be making an appearance on Radio 2 in the Piano room later this month.
Could you please confirm if this is true, and will you also be there to tinkle the ivories?
Do you know the exact date yet?

Many thanks, Anthony

It's true and I will.

By: Albertofburgos
Category: General discussion

October 12, 2018

Does Avicii deserved this? Why let BG record this Clapton song? By the way, the rest of the album is wonderfull. There is magic in the studio.

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C95EvXD86J8

not sure why you're posting this here

By: belljon1
Category: General discussion

October 12, 2018

Dr f, ignoring the forthcoming album, which is your favourite MK solo record to date. I’m torn between tracker and privateering.

Tracker, of course. Bob Ludwig said it was his new benchmark recording. The highest praise.

By: DGS
Category: Gear

October 12, 2018

I was kidding Guy, sorry. You guys have the most professional studio in the world. I was trying to make a joke about a few missing megabytes influencing the choice to record there or not. Ah well, difficult to express using just letters on a screen.

Sorry, you never know in these parts!

By: Davinity
Category: General discussion

October 11, 2018

gosh all this talk about tuning plug-ins – SO dull. Can we get back to the normal topics of set lists, album enquiries, tour demands, pleas for DS reformation and gossip about DSE / DSL and fraternal relations with DK please. All the topics that dear GF loves to reply to 😉

hahahahaha

By: DGS
Category: Gear

October 11, 2018

Hello Guy,

I wanted to book a week of recording in British Grove Studios but now that I’ve learned there’s no AutoTune license available I’m afraid I’ll have to move to a more professional facility.

Best regards.

You misunderstand. ALL current plug-ins are freely available at British Grove, should the user decide to use them.

By: Tom
Category: General discussion

October 11, 2018

A technical question, Doc, if you don’t mind. I have a good stereo playback system, not high-end, but definitely audiophile grade, and I’ve got a good listening environment. When you sit in the sweet spot, the soundstage is huge and 3D like, and you get the impression that some instruments exceed the physical boundaries of the speakers. The most extreme example I have is the track Waiting for Coustau by Jean Michael Jarré. It not only goes outside the speakers, but it feels as if the sound also comes from behind you and envelops you, which of course is an illusion. Is it creative use of delays and reverb that causes this? I have some music by Bill Frisell too, and he likes to pan his guitar effects right and left, and again the soundstage is super wide. Good On You Son has a bit of the same in the way you have panned the synth(s). Cheers

» https://www.orbitsound.com/en/airsound/

That's great you have such a good listening environment. There are many techniques (Airsound for one, see link) that enable spacial effects and some are in the form of plug-ins. I prefer to use traditional panning but reverbs play a big part in that landscape. The intro to Good On You Son is a good example of an audio-visual landscape. Arrangement also has a lot to do with it.

By: Vito
Category: Miscellaneous

October 11, 2018

Good morning Guy, I read to @icelander who says something about the Iguazu Falls in Argentina / Brazil … besides the visits of 2000 and 2001, were you in South America in other opportunities? Could you travel and know here?

Sadly, we've never been to the Iguazu Falls

By: Tom
Category: General discussion

October 11, 2018

@paulovieira – Come on, man. It was just funny that, around the time when Good On You Son was released, your videos were some of the earliest matches in Google when searching for that song. There was a lot of buzz about the song here and on the Knopfler forums, and all of a sudden someone who tries to emulate Knopfler (guitar, hand positions, tone) has three videos on YouTube. "Hey, Ma! Look what I can do!"

By: Icelander
Category: Miscellaneous

October 11, 2018

Guy, a good friend of mine who has travelled a lot of the world like yourself was asked what his favorite place was and he named Iquazu Falls on the Argentina/Brazil border. Now I know from past posts that Argentina was a favorite of yours as well and was wondering if you had been to these waterfalls? Like you, I have seen Niagara Falls along the Canada/U.S. border but only the Iquazu in video and they are quite impressive. On a un-related subject I was wondering if you and Mark knew Jim Kerr from Simple Minds as Jim lives in Taomorina, Italy and Mark has a song about the place – Co-incidence?

No, we don't know Jim and certainly weren't aware he lived there.

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Gear

October 10, 2018

I notice that you guys used a plugin called Auto-Detune.
Is that true?
An BG employee told me that the Auto-Detune is used only for aliens who never sings out-of-tune.

Tell us more…

Yes, we had to use that on Ruth Moody as she sang every note like a laser.

By: Jan
Category: General discussion

October 10, 2018

Technical question on mastering: when you listen to “Good on you son” and compare it for example to a new song of Clapton, the Knopfler song is at a lower volume (device stays at same volume). Of course you don´t aim to be “loud”, but when you listen to the Clapton tracks and switch to MK, you have to adjust volume. Is there any reason, dynamic reasons for example or is it just another technique in mastering.

It is a little quiet, although not much compared to Eric's tracks.

By: paulovieira
Category: Competition

October 10, 2018

Guy, it was just me having fun with the new song. Have you actually seen the clips?

I mean, I am a huge MK fan.

I don’t bother writing my ‘own music’. I am an established engineer and I don’t aim at being a successful musician.

That said, my point is that this was just to big as a retaliation for such a unpretentious record of a inspirational moment motivated by YOUR music.

Anyway, let’s face the truth regarding the Playtime Deluxe song. No matter how strongly you deny it, what’s the odds that this has popped up inside MK’s head as similar as it is to yhe original Pete’s song?

You're probably right