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How much classical material (expressed as a persentage) would you estimate
(Tom) was NOT digitized under the direction of WCF? Is that material, due
the required equipment, like "lost" forever now?

On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Carl, you are correct that it was B&W 808's with big amps, I think by Mark
> Levinson, maybe Cello brand? That system got LOUD, like full orchestra in
> your face loud. The studio had a nice stereo spread and reliable soundstage
> and frequency response, so the 3-2 mix could be done with reliability and
> repeatability. I've described the audio chain before, so I'll just say it
> was very direct and there was no DSP stuff after conversion.
>
> The playback equipment and digital technology used in Germany were
> different. I think the SACD's sound like the same tapes played back on a
> different machine, not a huge difference in sound (so if you're hearing
> one, check your CD player regarding playback of the original CDs) but more
> "solid-statey" compared to playback on an Ampex 300. The first two issues
> have "un-Mercury" 3-2 mixes (the 2-channel SACD layer), not enough center
> channel in the mix. The last two batches sounded better (more like the
> original CDs) in all respects, but I still prefer the CDs because they are
> real-deal Mercury.
>
> -- Tom Fine
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Carl Pultz" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2012 8:00 PM
>
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury Living Presence
>
>
>  At Edison NJ, they had B&W 808s and, iirc, B&W amps and a Cello Audio
>> Pallet
>> used as a line amp/switcher - not too shabby.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]**GOV <[log in to unmask]>] On
>> Behalf Of Clark Johnsen
>> Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2012 1:07 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury Living Presence
>>
>> On Sat, Jun 2, 2012 at 11:21 PM, DAVID BURNHAM <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>>   Why would they not have heard these differences when they issued the
>>>
>> CDs?
>>
>>>
>>>  Two possible answers: 1) Recording studio audio systems generally s*ck.
>> 2)
>> Wishful thinking.
>>
>> I recall that back in the late Seventies Victor Campos asserted that he
>> had
>> found a cartridge that made LPs sound "just like the master tapes" (of
>> which he owned numerous good copies). That cartridge? A mid-priced Audio
>> Technica. Yes.
>>
>> A couple years later he had a Sonus Blue... much better!
>>
>> clark
>>
>>
>>
>>> Dave b
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>>>
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