I'm fascinated by "vintage" film making - the look, sound, acting, stories - from the early days of film. I'm especially in love with the sound of dialog and foley during the 40s and 50s.
I recently started watching Mad Men, the AMC series, and really enjoy the way they present the show - accurate set design, sound, even the cuts and fades are dead on with the style of the time period they are portraying.
Question is a two parter:
- What made films from that time period sound they way they do? Is it lo-fi recording? Heavy compression? The mics they used? Were foley and ADR techniques vastly different?
- What is the best way to recreate that type of sound? Using vintage gear? Batteries of compression and EQing?
Here is a good, brief example of what I mean by this type of sound.