If ever there was a better indicator of how bad modern recording had sunk, regardless of the fact we now have the best recording gear available, it was Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album. Not because it was bad, but because it was so brilliant.
Sonically, Random Access Memories is simply superb. This level of quality does not come easily, nor cheaply. Four years to record and a $1,000,000 budget, Random Access Memories was a work of art, the likes of which we have not seen for well over a decade. Random Access Memories is a result of pure talent musically, and old school engineering, at its finest. You could say the process of recording to both Pro Tools and a Studer A827 Analogue Tape Recorder a bit over the top, but the results speak for themselves.
The effects used are somewhat insignificant in the overall process, and the fact they used classic reverbs from the golden era such as EMT 140 plates, and EMT 250 digital reverb along with Lexicon and Eventide Delays is no surprise. Like just about every recording in history, the Urie 1176 compressor was used liberally for guitars, drums and vocals.
Records like Random Access Memories should be celebrated, applauded and encouraged, because we need more like it.