In 2002 I was given the task of archiving some 
, 15ips music masters for a client who was very 
specific about the delivery requirements and even 
the CD burner to be used. The burner had to be 
either a certain model Plextor or an early model 
Phillips (a 2X burner). The CD media for playback 
had to be Taiyo Yuden brand cyanine (green) dye 
CD-Rs. The archival media for the flattened 
files was to be Kodak gold. All of this came from 
the debate at the time that cyanine, although the 
least stable was the best sounding of the three 
available dyes and that gold-layered CDs were, in fact, the worst sounding.

This prompted me to perform my own listening 
tests and indeed, I was able to detect a slight 
difference between a gold-layered CD-R and a 
silver layered one. The gold-layered CD-R sounded 
a bit harsher in the mid range to me than the 
silver layered samples. I tried product with all 
three dye types but the audible difference to me 
seemed to be the reflective layer more than the 
dye type. I had three other professional 
engineers listen to the sample discs and two 
reported the same results while the third 
professed to not hearing a difference.

About six months later, I tried the same test 
with a different genre of music that had also 
been sourced from 15ips masters and noticed the same result.

Since then I offer silver layered CDs for the 
clients playing copies with the disclaimer that 
they are not considered archival quality.


Corey Bailey Audio Engineering

At 04:45 PM 11/9/2010, you wrote:
>It seems that Falcon hit the world with a new 
>production facility in the UAE in 1998 and 
>Bernie Grundman was using them as of 1998 
>according to what I read on
>My challenge is that one of the last two MAM-A 
>dealers here in Canada is switching to Falcon 
>and has apparently switched the RCMP already and 
>it is becoming most difficult to get the gold archival MAM-A discs here.
>I guess I could self-import them from Am-Dig, or 
>even direct from MAM-A, but that is a lot of work and expense.
>Yes, I try to get most of my clients over to 
>downloaded files or hard-drive delivery, but 
>that exacerbates the problem for the few 
>remaining clients who really, really want CDs of grandmother's wedding.
>Has anyone used Falcon CD-R and DVD-R blanks? What has been your impression?
>It seems the recordable optical media business 
>is another submerging technology. <sigh>
>Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
>Aurora, Ontario, Canada           (905) 713 6733     1-877-TAPE-FIX
>Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.