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An Interesting Footnote...
Suzanne Vega has been referred to as the "Mother of the MP3" as it was a recording of her voice that was used to test Karlheinz Brandenburg's compression algorithm.
What's lesser known however is that Steve made the recording...
Note from Steve Addabbo:
I recorded the acapella version of Tom's Diner up at Bearsville Studios, January 1987. It was in the huge room, we had to gobo her off so I didn't get too much of the big room sound. Since this was a capella, I recorded directly to my digital Nakamichi DMP 100 (basically a SONY F-1 in black) onto a Betamax tape. Just a mono recording. This was the master. I recall she did about 7 takes and we picked either the second or third. We mixed it with Shelly Yakus out at A&M studios in LA. It took about 4 hours to mix it since we were mixing to half inch non-dolby analog tape(Studer 807), we had to be careful of tape hiss and print through.