18-06-2011, 11:09 PM
The original early Beatles work were recorded on 2 track mono on 1/4 " tape (EMI BTR machines) which gave very good results due, as you righly state, to the consistant efforts of the maintenace staff at EMI studios. The next stage from 'Revolver' onwards was on 1" 4-track (Studer J37) which in effect doubled the track width and increased the s/n ratio by 6dB (a welcome factor as they now started to do a lot more reductions) I seem to remember that it was only the last album that was on 8-track, again 1" tape (I think they were Studer or Ampex machines). When they went beyond 1" 4-track, I think the quality of the recording did not keep pace with the talent. Dolby came in with the 8 track machines. EMI also used to drive the tape hard with 0VU being 320 nw/m.
Originally Posted by A.S.
With regards to to EQ, Geoff Emerick (and Alan Parsons as well) used to add lots of 10K shelfing on vocals.
13-01-2012, 02:34 PM
Accidentally came across to this wonderful music by Slam Stewart and Major Holly "Shut Yo'Mouth!". Nice and good sound by Delos.
"Bath in Music"
13-01-2012, 02:58 PM
Close Harmony Duet
For those who enjoy duets sung in beautiful close harmony, sample Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy singing on the album Adieu False Heart. Very spare arrangements focus attention on the lovely vocals:
14-01-2012, 05:48 PM
Stunning recording. Dave Grusin, Discovered Again!
06-02-2012, 05:50 PM
Just one recording. As with Mr Shaw, who wrote of a recording which is hugely personal to him I only listen to this record when im completely in the mood and have time an patience.
Unbelievably silent und beautiful. The ONE recording is.
MARK HOLLIS who only made one solo-record.
He formerly was the singer of Talk Talk (Such A Shame), but only if you know their later work (released on Verve) you are prepared for what is recorded here.
Really virtuosic instrumental contributions. I mean VIRTUOSIC in their beauty.
And nearly silent. Seconds of silence between some notes.
25-04-2012, 02:14 AM
not sure if anyone else has mentioned it, but listened to Sting's Symphonicities (DG cherrytree 2010) last night and it is refreshingly good, performance and quality. surprised that i had to turn up the volume to get it going. beautiful.
26-04-2012, 04:12 AM
Speaking of The Beatles, I'll admit to being disappointed with the latest CD remasters in many cases. While they lack the harsh digital sound of the original issues, many sounded somewhat rolled off to me, while seemingly offering more detail in the midrange. I had the good fortune to acquire the 24 bit audio files, which I have played back against some of my older CD's, Mirror Spock treated vinyl rips, as well as the 24 bit files burnt to a DVD-A disk. In a volume matched A/B test administered by my lovely wife, we both agreed that the high bit rate files generally exhibit increased midrange detail, cleaner treble and longer reverb trails that seem to honestly match the original CD's.
I'll admit to being a tire kicker in the Harbeth ownership sweepstakes - on the edge of pressing the button on some Super HL5's, but still enjoying my old Royd Doublets (Anyone remember those?) tonight with some thematically linked Rutles.
26-04-2012, 01:28 PM
While most audiophiles,when talking about the Beatles' remasters, go on about tonality and detail, hardly anyone mentions the fact that some very dodgy edits on the original issues have been rather effectively improved.
Originally Posted by gingerly
When comparing the original CD issues and the 2010 remasters, it's evident that the former were attempting to match the sonic quality of the vinyl whereas someone said, "we can do much better" when the remastering project was planned. And they did!
26-04-2012, 08:18 PM
Oh, no argument from me about that! I honestly think that the 24 bit files are best Beatles audio experience available, vinyl inclusive.
Originally Posted by Pluto
14-08-2012, 03:15 PM
"Bending the dark" recording
"Bending the Dark" by Imagined Village, what a nice recording, very neutral and balanced. Very little midrange presence added. A bit funny treble though at times.
14-08-2012, 08:10 PM
BBC equipment time line?
Talking of 2 track mono recordings. When did the BBC upgrade the recording equipment at their studios? Details of what they changed from and to would be invaluable too, thanks.
Originally Posted by MikeH