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Great mistake Glyn...


Glyn Johns, who engineered Led Zeppelinâ??s 1969 self-titled debut, basically 
stumbled upon a new way of recording drummer John Bonham â?? creating the 
dynamic stereo cadences that drive tracks like â??Communication Breakdown.â??
Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page produced the album, but it was a microphone 
switch by Johns â?? famous for his work, too, with the Rolling Stones, the 
Beatles and the Who â?? that changed everything: In setting up multiple mics 
for Bonham, Johns accidentally had one of them directed to one side of the 
stereo mix. The rest of his performance was emanating from the middle.
â??Half of the drums were coming out of the left, by mistake,â?? Johns says in 
this Q&A. â??And I thought: I wonder what it would sound like if I took the one 
in the middle, and put it on the other side. And there is was â?? the beginning 
of stereo drums.â??