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  • #16
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    Brothers In Arms x eleventybillion.

    Terry Evans - Puttin' It Down (especially Down in Mississippi) and Come To The River.

    Jeff Hamilton "Live"

    Diana Krall - Live in Paris (especially Devil May Care)

    Anything Steely Dan

    Rusted Root - When I Woke

    Jason Moran - Modernistic

    The Cranberries - No Need to Argue

    Bonnie Raitt - Road Tested Live

    Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense (Live)

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    • #17
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      Maputo... interesting title. it is the capital of Mozambique, the first big city you get to after Xai Xai when crossing the border from south Africa. I think it is either tsonga or maybe twsa.
      craigk

      " Voicing is often the term used for band aids to cover for initial design/planning errors " - Pallas

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      • #18
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        The Cowboy Junkies
        Album: Trinity Sessions
        Tracks: Misguided Angel, Sweet Jane
        If you are not familiar, The Trinity Sessions were recorded in a church in Toronto...all the members surrounding the mic. Freaking awesome recording.

        Honorable Mention: Misguided Angel off of NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts Awesome stuff. And the last shameless plug for CJ's.... A great cover of a Neil Young Tune for female vocalss

        Another great Female Live Recording that is a must-have
        Artist: Eva Cassidy
        Album: Live At The Blues Alley
        Track: All of em.

        Eagles
        Album: Hell Freezes Over
        Track: Hotel California
        Freaking great guitar and bass drum intro, plus excellent vocals. The audio track off of the DVD-A is brilliant, this is just a quick MP3 I ripped for the link. If you don't like it because it is a popular tune, your loss.

        +1 Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits. Greatness regarding recording and music.

        Rock:

        Artist: Pink Floyd
        Album: MSFL Gold Disc Dark Side Of The Moon.
        Album: MSFL Gold Disc The Wall
        All songs, all wicked good.
        Honorable Mention: MSFL Gold Disc Animals

        Artist: Eric Clapton
        Album: Eric Clapton Unplugged
        Tune: Tears In Heaven and Alberta

        Metal:
        Artist: Metallica
        Album: Master Of Puppets
        Tune: Master Of Puppets
        If you are not a metal fan, throw away any misconceptions and give it a listen. You can thank me later.


        Artist: Riverside
        Album: Anno Domini
        Tune: Left Out
        Male vocals and complicated rock mix including piano, synth, and guitar. Awesome stuff.

        Artist: Steely Dan
        Album: Aja
        Tune: All of em.

        Artist: Van Morrison
        Album: HD Moondance
        Tune: Moondance and Glad Tidings
        Great Sax, Male vocals, and incredible mix/recording

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        • #19
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          I will throw this out there: any well recorded live album of a artist you have seen yourself. As I have see Sarah Mclachlan multiple times, i use her album Mirrorball to compare things to. not that I'm saying it is well recorded(IMO it is pretty good) but I know what she should sound like and if I'm getting close when i demo it.

          and the DTS track of Hotel California is one of the best for trying out surround settings IMO.

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          • #20
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            For Steely Dan lovers: Donald Fagen, "Kamakiriad"

            "We are just statistics, born to consume resources."
            ~Horace~, 65-8 BC

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            • #21
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              +1
              Originally posted by Tin_Ears View Post
              For Steely Dan lovers: Donald Fagen, "Kamakiriad"

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              • #22
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                Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Facing Future
                Audio: Media PC -> Sabre ESS 9023 DAC -> Behringer EP2500 -> (insert speakers of the moment)
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                • #23
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                  I think "Nightfly" is a bit better recording, as well as "Morph the Cat" for Fagen fans. Sunken Condos isn't to bad either...the last two being a bit more bass heavy.
                  A mains
                  The Ventures
                  Open Invit8tions
                  RSR
                  Sound Troopers
                  Acorns
                  442
                  DGBG's
                  The Monuments

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                  • #24
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                    Great thread! My suggestions:

                    Al DiMeola - Elegant Gypsy (whole album is great, "Mediterranean Sundance" stands out)

                    Mike Oldfield - The Songs Of Distant Earth (great dynamics, speaker-testing low frequencies)

                    Michael Stanley Band - Stage Pass (one of the better-recorded live albums, even for the time, "Lets Get The Show On The Road" could be the best track)

                    Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms (excellently engineered/mastered, every song sounds terrific)

                    Scorpions - Tokyo Tapes (another best-ever live recording, last release with the stellar Uli Jon Roth on lead guitar)

                    Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries (another whole-album-is-great one, amazing guitar work, listen to the half-speed mastered vinyl version, better than the CD)

                    Alan Parsons Project - Gaudi (the usual engineering excellence from Parsons, terrific imaging/soundfield presentation)

                    Riot - Fire Down Under ("Feel The Same" is a stand-out, completely over-looked by mainstream radio and hard rock fans, not a me-too chick-metal band, the "Reale" deal)

                    Al Stewart - Past, Present and Future (well-recorded, "Roads To Moscow" & "Nostradamus" are some of his best work)

                    Queensryche - Queensryche (their first release, a 4-song EP on 206 Records, incredible vocals and musicianship, made subsequent albums pale in comparison, CD re-issue sounds pretty good, but the added "bonus" tracks take away from those incredible first 4 songs)



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                    • #25
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                      Jeff Golub w/Brian Auger~trk.6/ How Long~Train Keeps Rolling
                      Matt Marshak~trk.10/I'm On Fire~On The Rocks
                      Phil Cassagrande~trk.4/Manhattan Vibe~Manhattan Vibe
                      Wayne Jones~trk.2/Feeling Playful~Closed For The Holidays
                      Vincent Ingala~trk.4/Wish I Was There~Can't Stop Now
                      Wild Nothing~trk.3/Nocturne~Nocturne
                      Rippingtons~trk.5/Cougars & Giggolos~Built To Last
                      Foals~trk.3/My Number~Holy Fire

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                      • #26
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                        Hey, guys. Cool thread, and I've actually got something that ties in with this...

                        Last weekend I had an audio meet at my house (you can find some details about it here). For the meet, I had put together a sampler disc, consisting of various tracks: both musical and technical. Ninety-three tracks in all!

                        Since there are so many tracks, I can't easily list them on the forums so I had to post the track list on my site.
                        http://medleysmusings.com/erins-gtg-...sc-track-list/

                        As you can see, there's quite a variety... and I managed to throw in some recordings from artists' MFSL-versioned albums.

                        Here's the breakdown of all 93 tracks:
                        • All tracks are simply "sampler" tracks. Most clock in at about 1:00 to 1:30. The goal was to pack as much good tunes in to a single CD but without compromising artists' rights. If anything, I'm trying to promote the artist and push folks to go out and buy their music. I chose the number of 'real music' tracks as I did so there would be a good variety. You can take this to a friend's house or a store to demo and pretty much be covered in all aspects. And if the headbanger dude looks at you weird for playing Babyface, skip ahead and play some NIN or RATM. ;)
                        • The first portion of the disc is intended to be a sampler of various music. I grew up listening to a lot of 80’s music, so I’m an 80’s music nut. More pop and rock than anything. There was some very well recorded music from that era, even though it’s considered cheesy music by some today. Artists then went through a lot of trouble to get it right. Especially since the CD format came in to play then. Bobby McFerrin stuff would get laughed at but when you hear it on a good setup you’re like “wow”. Same for Depeche Mode, Howard Jones, Yes, etc. You hear it on the radio and kind of chuckle at it, but when you hear it on a good system you realize just how awesome it is and it becomes fun to listen to. It’s not listening for the sake of listening to ‘SQ’ music; they’re just some really fun tracks that are really well recorded. That's why I chose some of the more odd ones, as some may say. Then there's some more well known tracks and a mix of some more obscure but recognized tracks. The one thing I tried to stay away from was the “sq” factor. I think you guys know what I mean... those overly technical and clinical tracks. I certainly appreciate those tracks on demo CDs people make, but I often find myself kind of bored with them to tell you the truth. They make systems sound really, really good, but I’m too ADD to sit there and listen to something that I can't rock out to or sing along with. My motivation for the variety was thinking about dudes saying “oh, wow… I haven’t this song in years!” and then just jamming along to it in their driveway or down the road. I definitely chose some oddball ones, but I was surprised that there are so many other oddballs out there like me, based on the feedback thus far.
                        • The last portion of the disc is intended for tuning purposes. They are all 1/3 octave pink noise, mono. The goal is to use these to help you determine if you have any frequencies that are out of center. If so, you use these to help you adjust that if you have the DSP to do so. After that, there's the narrator from the Chesky Ultimate Demonstration Disc, with him in center, left, left-center, right, and right-center. Use these to help you define stage boundaries and also to see how well your imaging/staging is set up (mainly listening to make sure the left-center and right-center are correctly placed). The final track is a correlated pink noise track you can also use to help set phase and levels between sets of speakers (left mid to left tweeter, left tweeter to right tweeter, etc).





                        Having said all of that, if you are interested, here's a link to download the disc.
                        http://bit.ly/1aNO7ol

                        The file is in .rar (zip) format. You'll have to unzip the file to extract the individual tracks. The tracks are in .m4a, apple lossless, format. Uploading full .wav would take FOOOORRREEEVVVEEEERRRRRR (Sandlot style). If you have iTunes, you're good to go. If you don't then you'll have to figure something out, which shouldn't be too hard to do.


                        Hopefully you guys get a kick out of it. It's definitely a fun disc and breaks the norm.

                        - Erin
                        When you stop caring about being right, you might actually learn something.

                        My test data site:
                        http://medleysmusings.com/

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                        • #27
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                          Your Link seems to be broken.

                          Originally posted by ErinH View Post
                          Hey, guys. Cool thread, and I've actually got something that ties in with this...

                          Last weekend I had an audio meet at my house (you can find some details about it here). For the meet, I had put together a sampler disc, consisting of various tracks: both musical and technical. Ninety-three tracks in all!

                          Since there are so many tracks, I can't easily list them on the forums so I had to post the track list on my site.
                          http://medleysmusings.com/erins-gtg-...sc-track-list/

                          As you can see, there's quite a variety... and I managed to throw in some recordings from artists' MFSL-versioned albums.

                          Here's the breakdown of all 93 tracks:
                          • All tracks are simply "sampler" tracks. Most clock in at about 1:00 to 1:30. The goal was to pack as much good tunes in to a single CD but without compromising artists' rights. If anything, I'm trying to promote the artist and push folks to go out and buy their music. I chose the number of 'real music' tracks as I did so there would be a good variety. You can take this to a friend's house or a store to demo and pretty much be covered in all aspects. And if the headbanger dude looks at you weird for playing Babyface, skip ahead and play some NIN or RATM. ;)
                          • The first portion of the disc is intended to be a sampler of various music. I grew up listening to a lot of 80’s music, so I’m an 80’s music nut. More pop and rock than anything. There was some very well recorded music from that era, even though it’s considered cheesy music by some today. Artists then went through a lot of trouble to get it right. Especially since the CD format came in to play then. Bobby McFerrin stuff would get laughed at but when you hear it on a good setup you’re like “wow”. Same for Depeche Mode, Howard Jones, Yes, etc. You hear it on the radio and kind of chuckle at it, but when you hear it on a good system you realize just how awesome it is and it becomes fun to listen to. It’s not listening for the sake of listening to ‘SQ’ music; they’re just some really fun tracks that are really well recorded. That's why I chose some of the more odd ones, as some may say. Then there's some more well known tracks and a mix of some more obscure but recognized tracks. The one thing I tried to stay away from was the “sq” factor. I think you guys know what I mean... those overly technical and clinical tracks. I certainly appreciate those tracks on demo CDs people make, but I often find myself kind of bored with them to tell you the truth. They make systems sound really, really good, but I’m too ADD to sit there and listen to something that I can't rock out to or sing along with. My motivation for the variety was thinking about dudes saying “oh, wow… I haven’t this song in years!” and then just jamming along to it in their driveway or down the road. I definitely chose some oddball ones, but I was surprised that there are so many other oddballs out there like me, based on the feedback thus far.
                          • The last portion of the disc is intended for tuning purposes. They are all 1/3 octave pink noise, mono. The goal is to use these to help you determine if you have any frequencies that are out of center. If so, you use these to help you adjust that if you have the DSP to do so. After that, there's the narrator from the Chesky Ultimate Demonstration Disc, with him in center, left, left-center, right, and right-center. Use these to help you define stage boundaries and also to see how well your imaging/staging is set up (mainly listening to make sure the left-center and right-center are correctly placed). The final track is a correlated pink noise track you can also use to help set phase and levels between sets of speakers (left mid to left tweeter, left tweeter to right tweeter, etc).





                          Having said all of that, if you are interested, here's a link to download the disc.
                          http://bit.ly/1aNO7ol

                          The file is in .rar (zip) format. You'll have to unzip the file to extract the individual tracks. The tracks are in .m4a, apple lossless, format. Uploading full .wav would take FOOOORRREEEVVVEEEERRRRRR (Sandlot style). If you have iTunes, you're good to go. If you don't then you'll have to figure something out, which shouldn't be too hard to do.


                          Hopefully you guys get a kick out of it. It's definitely a fun disc and breaks the norm.

                          - Erin
                          If we all reacted the same way, we'd be predictable, and there's always more than one way to view a situation.
                          What's true for the group is also true for the individual. It's simple: Overspecialize, and you breed in weakness.
                          It's slow death.

                          //Burn n' Die//Dream Weaver//Maximus//ABC Bookshelf Speakers//Dayton Twin Towers

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                          • #28
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                            Works fine for me and friends who I just asked to check for me. It takes you to my Dropbox file. Just download that.
                            When you stop caring about being right, you might actually learn something.

                            My test data site:
                            http://medleysmusings.com/

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                            • #29
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                              Neat idea Erin. I recently put together something similar for myself but with a strong leaning towards 70s classic rock and prog rock. I'll have to look and see if it is actually any good in the light of day and maybe post it up.

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                              • #30
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                                I've enjoyed the soundtrack to "Brother Where Art Thou"

                                Duane Eddy has an instrumental version of "Ghost Riders In The Sky" that sounds like it was played on a bass guitar; really checks out the lower register.

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