On 11/15/2012 11:16 AM, Lou Judson wrote:
> Didn't you ever hear the L.O.V.E. CD or the 2009 remasters? Remember, the originals were half-inch four tracks on souped up EMI/Studer tape machines. George Martin himself commented that they sounded "stunning" when he went to remaster them...
> Your preconceptions are getting in the way of reality!
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
That isn't what Don is talking about. The mixdown masters are standard
1/4" EMItape half track stereo and full track mono. But they derive from
half-inch four track session tapes (or one-inch eight track for the last
year-ish of their work) that by and large were recorded by filling up
all four tracks of one tape, then bouncing all four of those down to a
mono mix on one track of a new tape, filling the three vacant tracks and
then doing yet another mono mixdown of that to a new new tape, and so
forth, until the song was finished.
There are some songs that had three or four such generational masters;
nearly everything on Sgt. Pepper and The White Album was done this way,
as were the more complex singles such as Strawberry Fields Forever,
Penny Lane, and Revolution. On some songs, such as "Getting Better" the
hiss and degradation are quite noticeable to modern ears, but it's the
only way they had at their disposal at the time.
> On Nov 15, 2012, at 6:04 AM, Don Cox wrote:
>> The problem with the Beatles is that their "Master Tapes" are not master
>> tapes but second or third generation copies, because of the bouncing
>> I don't see how good sound can ever be extracted from them.