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AUDIO DYNAMICS: The funny thing is …

It’s somewhat of a mystery why vinyl can sound more dynamic when in fact it is more compressed. Much has to do with the technical measurement versus the perceived measurement. The meaning of dynamic range is the difference between the loudest and softest sounds. The bigger the gap between loud and soft determines the technical dynamic range number of a recording […]

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Some call it personality while others would not be so humanizing

Seems to me the more complex the system the more I tend to approach its operation as if it had a mind of its own. I often think of equipment as being somewhat temperamental which causes me to approach with caution. As devices get “smarter” anthropomorphizing them seems a natural consequence. For the briefest of […]

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Live at Ronnie Scott’s (CD) by John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension

We are told ….. ‘Live at Ronnie Scott’s’ offers the listener a wonderful souvenir of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue by boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017. In the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) – […]

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Your editor Neil McCauley says / And today as I edit this site I have, playing quietly in the background …

3 CD box set bought by me from Fopp on Saturday for £5.00 new. 75 tracks. Most of them rather wonderful. One buyer wrote as follows: “This anthology provides 3½ hours music , or 75 titles with Muddy Waters and his band mostly from the beginning of the fifties. If you are familiar with the […]

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FOSTEX: For sale and NOT on ebay

THE PUBLISHERS DO NOT VOUCH FOR ANY CONTENTS HERE.THE LISTING YOU ARE ABOUT TO VISIT MAY BE A SCAM. PLEASE BE CAREFUL —//— 160 … https://www.tradera.com/item/170604/540436810/fostex-multitracker-160 260 … https://www.audioweb.ro/fostex-260/?refsource=hifishark 280 … https://www.marktplaats.nl/v/audio-tv-en-foto/professionele-audio-tv-en-video-apparatuur/m1839958233-fostex-280-multitracker-cassette-4-sporen 280 MULTITRACK … https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/234321573002?mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=710-53481-19255-0&campid=5338468473&toolid=10001&customid=5629f89c-59b2-11ec-8a0e-626534653834 3011 PATCHBAY … https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/fostex-3011-patch-bay-32-port-rca-phono-jack-version/1957565049-172-15597 6301B … https://www.tori.fi/uusimaa/Fostex_6301B_92093221.htm A-SERIES OPEN REEL … https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/115130760357?mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=710-53481-19255-0&campid=5338468473&toolid=10001&customid=19748e26-59b2-11ec-a694-623661383835 A2 … https://www.kijiji.ca/v-stereo-systems-home-theatre/ottawa/fostex-a2-reel-to-reel-includes-remote-and-user-manual/1600629968 A2 OPEN REEL … […]

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INDUSTRY STANDARDS: When it comes to the recording industry there are no standards

Paul McGowan: When it comes to the recording industry there are no standards. There are, however, personal standards for each company. Take Octave Records for example. Working with DSD is always going to be a challenge with compromises, but so too is analog. In fact, the only analog process I know of without compromise is […]

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SONUS / Sub mini: News

What’s happened? Sonos first announced a subwoofer back in 2012, and while the device has been through a couple of generation upgrades, the striking square design with its central cutout has largely remained the same. The company then announced the Sonos Sub Mini, which as its name suggests, is a mini subwoofer. It doesn’t replace the original Sonos Sub, […]

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NOEL REDDING: The bassist from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, what happened to him?

JK writes … Noel Redding, originally a guitarist, always wanted to do his own thing. He was a good musician, but didn’t have the originality of someone like Jimi Hendrix. Even while, he was still in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, he formed his own band Fat Mattress, who opened some shows for the Experience. When […]

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THE ART OF MASTERING

When done correctly mastering, recording, and mixing are more art than technique. Just ask our own Gus Skinas. And the art is in the listening (perhaps nothing too surprising to us audiophiles). Another master of the arts is our good friend Cookie Marenco of Blue Coast. She, like Gus, and everyone at Octave Records relies upon […]

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BJORK: “Matriarch music” is how Bjork defined her work earlier this month. Appropriate, then, that the Icelandic experimentalist’s 10th album, Fossora, opens with a …..

“Matriarch music” is how Bjork defined her work earlier this month. Appropriate, then, that the Icelandic experimentalist’s 10th album, Fossora, opens with a pounding, ritualistic tribute to her late mother (“atopos”) and ends with a stunningly tender hymn to her nest-flying daughter (“her mother’s house”). On the weird and winding journey between those two points, […]

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ROXY MUSIC: Los Angeles: After 50 years, few bands deliver more than this

On the final night of their first American tour in over two decades, art rock pioneers Roxy Music started at the beginning. They appeared on stage at The Forum in Los Angeles and launched straight into “Re-Make/Re-Model”, the eclectic, experimental song that opened their self-titled debut album in 1972. Behind them, towering screens showed the […]

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JOHN ‘Biscuit-man LENNON: Paid in chocolate biscuits

Whispering Bob Harris’s memoir is full of funny tales about the Beatles, The Stones, old jazz stars in medieval orgies and Manchester United. Martin Chilton writes:  Robert Plant said of BBC Radio 2 music presenter Whispering Bob Harris that he “champions the unknown, the obscure and the legendary with equal zest and detail”. Here are […]

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BACKES & MULLER: What happened?

  Neil, hi. Years ago I read at least one report that they made truly great speakers.  I’ve only just recalled this in a rare moment of nostalgia. Can you shed any light please? We sniffed about a bit re this and consulted the unusual sources as the usual ones aren’t really that good on […]

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RUSSIAN OPERA: Musicologist challenges traditional views of Russian music, opera, culture

EVANSTON, Ill. — In an acclaimed book that has been called a “welcome intervention” in gender studies and music, a Northwestern University musicologist explores how Catherine the Great and three other female monarchs who ruled Russia for most of the 18th century used opera to champion their political power. Written by Bienen School of Music […]

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VINYL: If you know anyone that “seriously” collects records, they are probably exactly like this guy.

Sarah Barness (The Huffington Post): If you know anyone that “seriously” collects records, they are probably exactly like this guy. They organize their collection by sections for generic metal, stoner metal,death metal, punk, shoegazer, dream pop, jazz, ragtime, classical, rap, R&B etc. etc. etc. If the records aren’t organized by genre, they might just be […]

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