The Nokia 808 Garage Band and Rich Recording
Two nice - and interesting - music videos I found over at Nokia808Recordings a few days ago, shot by the Finnish band Humanwires, consisting of two soon-to-be engineers and one wannabe-engineer. They are into Grunge/Rock according to their page on MySpace, which is not really my style, but it's quite loud and that's always nice for testing.
They wanted - I quote - "to know how well the Nokia 808 Pureview can handle loud sounds in a not-so-friendly sound environment (also known as a garage)". For one of their songs, they recorded every instrument individually with the phone and compiled the audio tracks together.
"The only processing we did to the audio tracks was compression and a low cut EQ to the vocal track which means that what you are hearing is pretty much as it was recorded by the phone." Now they should have not done the last part in my humble opinion - next time, please keep the result as "pure" as possible, gentlemen ;-)
Also, they put a short clip of the studio version of this song about half way through the video, so you can hear what the original piece sounds like: "The clip is, of course, quite a bit clearer since it was recorded in a controlled environment with professional studio gear".
After this experiment, they also wanted to find out how well the Nokia 808 performs when the whole band is playing : "This is, of course, a bit more challenging situation since there is a lot more happening and everything is recorded to the same audio track.
We think the phone handled all the sounds pretty well. We didn't hear any distortion in the original audio track and all the instruments can be distinguished from each other (although the drums dominate a bit but that's not the phone's fault). Compression was added to the audio track afterwards but nothing else." Becoming recording engineers, no wonder they couldn't leave the sound alone again ;-)