What if the way we think about mixing is all wrong?

Recording Revolution write: What if the way we think about mixing is all wrong?  What if our collective obsession with plugins, post processing, and “doing stuff” to audio might actually be working against our goal of delivering a butt kicking mix that has punch, power, and musicality? What if actually doing less in the mix […]

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HERBIE HANCOCK: The Broadcast Collection 1973 – 1983 (8CD Clamshell Box)

We are told: The entire original WBCN, KJSO, WXRT, WBUR and NHK FM Radio and PBS-TV Broadcasts Covering live performances from Boston (1973), Omaha (1975), Chicago (1977 & 81), Berkeley (1978), Tokyo (1981 & 83) Professionally re-mastered with background liners and rare archival photos. No Export This eight disc box set, brings together eight legendary […]

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Foolish Pride (CD) by Tony T.S. McPhee

We are told ….. Original frontman of the legendary Groundhogs and backing band for John Lee Hooker in the 60’s. Here we see Tony’s solo album originally recorded in 1993 for the wonderful HTD label. Foolish Pride / Every Minute / Devil You Know / Masqueradin / Time After Time / On The Run / […]

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BRAHMS: Leonidas Kavakos discusses Brahms’s Violin Concerto

From the archives: His first concerto recording for Decca has just been released. The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos, newly signed to Decca, has just released his first concerto recording for the label: Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Gramophone’s editor-in-chief James Jolly caught up with Kavakos when he was in London to perform the work at the Barbican […]

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A glimpse into the dark side of hi-fi forums / fora #01

Guest contributor Michael Vronsky writes: This is the first of an occasional series shining a light on some of the more unpalatable facets of some (predominantly, but not exclusively) UK-based hi-fi forums / fora. Both covert and overt homophobia, obscene language, anti-semitism ridicule of opinions, bullying, fanatical brand-loyalty, brand denigration and ridicule and more. Fortunately […]

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MISSION: Henry Azima interviewed

John Atkinson writes ….. In its first three years, UK hi-fi manufacturer Mission Electronics employed a number of engineers to reinforce the creative talents of founder and hi-fi enthusiast Farad Azima. The lineup included John Bicht, now with Versa Dynamics, and Stan Curtis, now heading up Cambridge Audio. But when Farad’s brother Henry—”Henry” is actually […]

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MERIDIAN: Their ultra-rare 107 power amp and … a powerfully incontinent white dove

Q: Gentlemen, whatever happened to the Boothroyd-Stewart ‘Orpheus’ pre and power amp? Did they ever make into production? The preamp was a gorgeous looking precursor to the ‘rainbow’ Lecson pre. Very ’70s (should suit André) with a Nextel suede finish. Can’t find an image, but it had the sort of design aesthetics that would, I’m […]

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Valve Phono Stages. Opinions?

Hi all. I’m gradually driving myself paranoid and getting confused in the bargain. I have a standard Technics SL1200 MII TT with an Ortofon M2 Bronze Cartridge into a Technics SU C2000 pre. It sounds good but, as always, curiosity creeps in. I am developing a yearning to try a valve phono stage just to […]

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HARBETH: Alan Shaw on amplifiers…

From the archives, but still relevant I believe. Neil —//— The thread starts: The latest on this ongoing ‘amps are all the same’ thing on the Harbeth User Group forum – ‘The last word on audio amplifiers – Jan 2015’ http://www.harbeth.co.uk/usergroup/showthread.php?2505-The-last-words-on-audio-amplifiers-Jan-2015[/URL] The comments are getting quite heated on this one but Shaw will not be […]

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BUDDY BOLDEN: He ‘invents’ jazz

  Whether or not the cornetist Buddy Bolden invented jazz (Jelly Roll Morton is one of the best known other claimants to the title), he certainly created the enduring archetype of the jazz musician as doomed romantic hero when he suffered a mental breakdown in 1907, at the age of 30, and spent his remaining […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: GyroDec SE Mk. II turntable test review

  Brad Morrical writes ….. “Once you hear the GyroDec SE Mk.II (or rather, don’t hear it), you know it’s going to be in your system for the long haul. With a naturally balanced cartridge, I have not heard reproduced music sounding closer to live than through the GyroDec. I don’t see the need to […]

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