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Jim: “The first time Pro Tools entered our lives was on the Iowa record. We were recording to tape but we brought in a Pro Tools guy. It took forever for him to set up - it was a giant process.
"Everything since Iowa has been Pro Tools. Everything else is still analogue, but everything goes into Pro Tools. I prefer analogue.
"But, for instance, the first Stone Sour record was done to tape and the engineer burned it in too hard, at like a plus nine, which if you burn it in that hot it doesn’t give the guy mastering anywhere to go. If you listen to that record really close - like in Idle Hands - you’ll hear distortion from it being burned so hot.
“When you’re recording an album the point is to catch a vibe. There are producers and bands that go for the perfect sounding record, but we’re humans - we don’t listen for perfection. You have to have things a little off to be pleasing to the ear.
"If you have this one section, maybe a measure of a verse line, that is perfect and then you just copy and paste it, that's just wrong. Same thing with auto correct on the vocals. We learned from Ross [Robinson] to capture an energy. If you want something perfect you should listen to a different genre of music.”