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  • #46
    Re: Recommended Test Tracks/Recordings Sticky

    double post
    Last edited by dynamo; 06-19-2014, 10:08 AM. Reason: double post

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    • #47
      Re: Recommended Test Tracks/Recordings Sticky

      I'll throw one in here from the Inception soundtrack, Mombasa was already mentioned. Time is another one of my favorites as well. Excellent dynamics and sound stage. That whole album is highly recommended and it will test your subs.
      Your results may vary.

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      • #48
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        The track Vogue from Madonna's Immaculate Collection has some of the craziest imaging I have ever heard. There is a ton of activity outside of the speakers boundaries. It has great dynamic range with a really nice bass line that comes in about 30 seconds in. Great song? Not really. Great recording? Among the best I have ever heard.

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        • #49
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          One of my favorite drum tracks
          Hands With A Hammer appears on the album You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3. Osaka - 1976
          " With all the freeze-dried drum sounds heard on records today, this ambient 4-track recording of real drums, well tuned, played with real skill serves as a historic document. There is a whole generation of listeners out there who have never heard what real drums are supposed to sound like." F.Z.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEfWQ8vbF8Q
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          • #50
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            Hello Audio Experts!
            I'm a bit of a gnewby at this, but these 3 discs are among my favorites for evaluating my systems sound:

            Hot Tuna: Hot Tuna. This concert has Jorma on acoustic guitar, Jack on bass, and Will Scarlett on harmonica (no drums). I don't know if they were doing the right drugs or what, but Jorma's picking is tight & clean, Jack's bass is so strong, & Will's harmonica seems to float in space. Mostly old blues songs.
            Amy Winehouse: Frank. Her voice is so expressive, & the songs are a total blast (ex: "F***-me Pumps"). Very heavy on the bass, this will give your system a little workout.
            The Who: Live at Leeds. Maybe my fav live rock album ever (Stones: "Get Your Ya-Ya's Out", Joplin: "Cheap Thrills", Allmans: "Filmore East"?) . Everyone just goes for it, & smokes it. Some off key harmonies, but that's OK; Kieth Moon must have lost 10 lb drumming. You cannot turn this up loud enough. I think there are a few cuttings of this concert; mine is MCAD-11215.

            Enjoy!

            Murf
            Last edited by littlebear; 07-28-2014, 08:34 AM.

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            • #51
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              Some of my fav reference recordings...

              Classical
              Jose Serebrier and the Czech State Philharmonic - Janacek - The Cunning Little Vixen
              Canadian Brass - The essential Canadian Brass - Bach: Toccata a& Fugue in D Minor
              John Beck – O-Zone Percussion Group: Bamba – Jazz Variants
              Cantate Domino – Oscar Monet Choir – Christmas
              Erich Kunzel – Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Star Trek Main Theme
              Vienna Horns – Directors Cut – Back to The Future

              Guitar
              Nils Lofgren – Acoustic Live – Wonderland
              BB King and Friends -80 - Hummingbird
              Norah Jones – My Blueberry Nights – The Story
              Keb’ Mo – Keb’ Mo – Every Morning
              Melody Gardot – My One and Only Thrill – Who Will Comfort Me

              Sound Stage
              Air – Talkie Walkie – Alone in Kyoto
              Air – Talkie Walkie – Alpha Beta Gaga
              Matchbox 20 – Yourself or Someone Like You (HD Tracks) – Shame (Acoustic)
              Friends of Carlotta – F.O.C. (Live) – Walking in Memphis

              Vocal
              Friends of Carlotta – F.O.C. (Live) – Ain’t No Sunshine
              The Persuasions – The Persuasions Sing U2 – Angel of Harlem
              Amy Whitcomb and Jake Justice – It will Rain
              The Fairfield Four – I couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray – These Bones
              Kelly Clarkson – Oh Holy Night
              BYU Vocal Point – Nonstop – Nearer My God to Thee
              Kelly Sweet – We are One – Je T’Aime
              Fleetwood Mac – Rumours – Never Going Back Again
              The Wallin’ Jennys – Firecracker – Long Time Traveller
              My Home Theater Build thread
              My DIY Speaker builds

              My Gear:
              Emotiva XMC-1
              Emotiva XPR-2
              Emotiva XPA-5
              Clearwave Dynamics 4T and 4CC (mains)
              Paradigm Millennia LP (surrounds)
              Oppo 103D
              Mede8er 600X3D w/ 4TB
              Marantz CD-5004
              AppleTV
              JVC RS-4910 Projector
              100" Screen Innovations Pure Gray Screen w/ LED kit
              APC Uninterrupted Power Supply (x2)
              iRule controlling it all....

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              • #52
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                Originally posted by ErinH View Post
                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
                Any chance this file is still available for download someplace?
                My Home Theater Build thread
                My DIY Speaker builds

                My Gear:
                Emotiva XMC-1
                Emotiva XPR-2
                Emotiva XPA-5
                Clearwave Dynamics 4T and 4CC (mains)
                Paradigm Millennia LP (surrounds)
                Oppo 103D
                Mede8er 600X3D w/ 4TB
                Marantz CD-5004
                AppleTV
                JVC RS-4910 Projector
                100" Screen Innovations Pure Gray Screen w/ LED kit
                APC Uninterrupted Power Supply (x2)
                iRule controlling it all....

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                • #53
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                  My favorite so far has to be:
                  Nightwish - Nemo and The Siren from the album "Once"
                  Absolutely love the opera style vocals of Tarja Tarunen!!

                  I'm not much into rap anymore, but for those who really want bass that will shake everything...
                  Three 6 Mafia - Late Nite Tip
                  I've actually blown out a few woofers with that song

                  For those into metal I would definitely recommend any of the works of Tuomas Saukkonen. His previous bands were Before The Dawn, Dawn of Solace, Black Sun Aeon, The Final Harvest (very rare to find) and RoutaSielu (album is in Finnish). Those acts have all been disbanded and he now works under the band name Wolfheart. He does all the studio recording himself.. that is he plays the guitar, bass and drums. I believe he's endorsed by Yamaha (his set is Yamaha Oak Custom with Impression Cymbals), he's recently endorsed by Silverblade Amplifiers and he plays Amifisound Custom guitars.

                  Here is the drum recordings for the debut Wolfheart album
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rErh-PGmUpI

                  And the first official video for Routa pt. 2 (Rhythm guitar and solos done by guest guitarist Mika Lammassaari)
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtOZCdB18pM

                  I also like De Lirium's Order from Finland. I believe they are classified as technical death metal. Their drummer is 19 y/o Ukri Suvilehto. Lots of double bass on the drums, deep sustains from the bass guitar and a very nice guitar solo at about the half way point of the song!
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uURSZfjZaf4
                  "As tyranny becomes normality, we hang at the end of the rope." -- Anders Jacobsson
                  "Playing the bass is like a rapist or pedophile, the harder you hit it the better it sounds." -- Tuomas Saukkonen
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                  • #54
                    Re: Recommended Test Tracks/Recordings Sticky

                    Originally posted by RoutaSielu View Post
                    My favorite so far has to be:
                    Nightwish - Nemo and The Siren from the album "Once"
                    Absolutely love the opera style vocals of Tarja Tarunen!!
                    I much prefer Dark Passion Play from Nightwish.
                    Wolf
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                    • #55
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                      Clarity

                      Artist: Holy Cole Trio
                      Song: Train Song

                      Sound Staging best used for 5.x 7.x systems

                      Artist: Pink Floyd
                      Album: Wish You Were Here
                      Song: Welcome to the Machine

                      What your speakers will LOVE

                      Artist: Kate Bush
                      Album: Hounds of Love
                      Song(s): Hound of Love
                      Jig of Life
                      Running Up That Hill

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                      • #56
                        Re: Recommended Test Tracks/Recordings Sticky

                        a bit dark, but will truly test you system in many regards.....
                        Type O Negative - October Rust

                        Wonderful chill albums....blow your subs with these
                        Morcheeba - Who Can You Trust?
                        Goldfrapp - Black Cherry
                        Portishead - Dummy
                        Royksopp - Melody AM
                        Zero 7 - Simple Things

                        Beck's album Guerrero was pretty sweet and very well recorded, like most of his stuff.

                        I just realized I could be here all night. gonna stop here

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                        • #57
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                          Papa Do Run Run: California Project.
                          http://www.amazon.com/California-Pro.../dp/B00000FY3P
                          Bass /vocals/percussion /dynamics

                          James Newton Howard: James Newton Howard & Friends
                          http://www.amazon.com/James-Newton-H...+newton+howard
                          Bass/percussion /dynamics

                          Flim and the BBs: TriCycle
                          http://www.amazon.com/Tricycle-Flim-...and+the+bb%27s
                          Dynamics/imaging

                          The Repercussion Unit: In Need Again
                          http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/...need+again.htm
                          Dynamics/bass/percussion

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                          • #58
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                            I've been attending this audio show at a local high end shop and picked up a few tracks from those sessions:
                            • Glenn Philipps, Last Sunset (used by Wilson Audio to show off the Alexandria)
                            • REM, How the West was Won
                            • Bjork, Moon
                            • Morphine, Buena (mentioned above)
                            • Lorde, Royals (the main B&W rep uses this track)
                            • Beth Orton, She Cries Your Name (Linn Audio uses this)
                            • Radiohead, Nude

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                            • #59
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                              Burt Kaempfert "Zambesi" - lots of low guitar and piccolo on a good track; don't know if this link is the best but you'll get the idea.

                              http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...32CABFCE2FE21E

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                              • #60
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                                My speaker test disc includes classical, jazz and rock/pop:

                                Sam Brown: "Box" for a great drum sound and vocal (Sam can be seen/heard in Concert for George, where she almost stole the show)

                                Nigel Kennedy "The Blue Note Sessions"

                                Verdi - Dies Irae from his Requiem - very loud choral and timpani

                                Jimi Hendrix: "Machine Gun" from Band of Gypsys

                                Bach: Chaconne for solo violin, played by Julia Fischer

                                The Beatles; Come Together

                                Pink Floyd Us and Them

                                The Band The Weight (live from Rock of Ages - for brass, vocal separation and a punchy sound

                                and The Beatles Talkin' Bout You live Hamburg - so I can hear how a badly recorded track sounds!

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