I can't give a definitive answer right now, but if I had to summarize my
experience, I'd state with some confidence, that emphasis was only used in
the (very) early days of the CD and then predominantly in Japan. I've never
seen a Japanese CD mastered after circa 1987 with emphasis and not a single
European CD with emphasis. I don't own enough early CD from the US to be
sure, but my guess is, that it wasn't normally used there. On the other
hand most - if not all - early Denon CDs (Inbal's Mahler Symphonies are a
famous example, that also sold well) used it and I saw early CDs by
European or American labels mastered in Japan for all markets using
emphasis (working from memory: Bruno Walter's Beethoven symphonies with the
Columbia Symphony on Sony and Otto Klemperer on EMI).
I havn't got nearly enough data to say anything about pop productions, but
with classical music on early CDs emphasis surely is something to be aware
of. Reissues can make the matter even more complicated. Some years ago,
Inbal's Mahler came out again in a cheap box on Brilliant Classics. While
some symphonies were remastered to fit them on a single CD, at least the
early ones were verbatim copies of the original masters with emphasis. So
even CDs produced today can surprise you.
If there is enough interest, I will dust of my old DAC and go through a
representative sample of my early CDs to get some reliable numbers.
Wer sich in höherem Sinne ausgebildet, kann immer
voraussetzen, daß er die Majorität gegen sich hat. - Goethe
G. W. Ulrich Sieveking
Leitershofer Str. 80
Von: Lou Judson
Gesendet: Samstag, 10. November 2018 01:05
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Antwort an: ARSC Library and Archives Discussion List
Betreff: Re: Digitization of CD's - de-emphasis
THIS is a crucial question! As a mix ands mastering engineer, sometimes
material comes in on CDs, some commercial though most CD-Rs. I have never
had a need to messwith de-emphasis…AND was pre-pmphsis a factor in the
earlycommercial CDs that sounded do crunchy and thin?
On Nov 9, 2018, at 1:06 PM, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]>
> I'm wondering how many CDs were recorded with preemphasis?