Master Tracks Succumb to “Plugin Not Found”

Smash Mouth had to go rerecord parts of their 1999 hit “All Star” for a TV ad when the digital master was missing tracks. Engineers at EMI have discovered that drums and percussion effects on some Eighties recordings are gone. As a result, engineers are sometimes forced to reconstruct these effects themselves. “You open a session even from 10 years ago, and it might have a plug-in that’s not supported, so you don’t have that effect anymore,” says Greg Parkin, VP of archives at EMI. “Our guys are becoming detectives — it’s a booming industry.”