Until the dust settles, a bit, ... I'll reply in this thread,
Ummm, in old recordings, of the 1930's or so, there was only one microphone. And the drumkit was, is, a creator of some solid transient sounds. So, to prevent overloading of the poor ol' mic they set the drummer waaay back in the proceedings - which you can easily hear in replay of a decent standard of these sort of tracks. More recent stuff? All bets are off, of course ...
Note, I've just posted an 'a
As many say, when you experience "big sound", you know it ... . Not equivalent to loudness, though the volume setting is part of the equation - a pretty good description of various aspects is here, https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/what-does-big-sound-mean-to-you.1157065/#post-30558048.
The above link alone says that this is not an "impossible dream!" - people have achieved this regularly, pretty well since the birth of audio recordings, using various methods. A key part of this
After something like 8 years, a proper exhibition of many setups - and, it was, for me, something of a surprise. Last show the hit rate was about 1 in 10 - that is, systems that were worth listening to, more seriously, counted for a single finger on two hands; this round, it was probably better than 8 out of 10 ...
So, what happened? Well, probably a combination of everything moving forward - exhibitors had a better handle on what to do, the designers of gear are steadily discovering
Having a hard time tuning into organising an optical waveform 'cleaner' for the Edifiers ... I know what needs to be done, but my loss of energy in recent times is making my interest in sorting the technical design not intense enough to follow through, right now - yes, I could just buy something, and tweak that to get the job done. But that's not the point ... the goal is a low cost solution, commensurate with the cost of the audio components on either side of the conditioner; and requires most
Just came across this thread, on ASR, https://www.audio “science” review/forum/index.php?threads/those-of-you-who-believe-measurements-arent-the-whole-story-do-you-have-a-hypothesis-why-that-is.25416/. This has the usual round of non-thinking comments, but at least a couple of posters are putting up some interesting contributions. In particular, escksu. And, atmasphere - as a manufacturer of tube amps, he's game to want to join in, .
Just noted this one, demonstrating an nominally high performance DAC,
Unfortunately, very strong system signature - quite obviously this is playback; has a "boxed in" quality, for a start. Unlikely to be caused by the DAC - note how the backing strings lack the sheen that this part of the mix should have.
Time to crack this back open again, 😄.
Yes, what's the point? There could be a zillion answers, but my answer is to be true to the contents of a recording ... I was going to post this to that unloved thread, now gone to zombie land, but I'll do it here, instead,
Bit of a mess, eh? And, this is the remaster, from 2015!! - I've got it on a double CD from 1998 - a low cost release - sludgy, plus? ... You bet!
What should a system do to, for this?
People have asked how I go about sorting out systems - and find my answers very unsatisfactory. Well, I have come across a book which very nicely addresses some of the key areas where I find a lot of the issues arise - and gives a lot of suggestions of very, Gasp!!, technical gear that can be used to chase these things down. It's a very practical book, minimum high falutin', equations for equations sake guff - what I find especially endearing is that there are a lot of cheap and cheerful tricks
First YouTube videos of the High End show over there have gone up, courtesy of B HiEnd, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCve-Zui5Z5AaHruHv9MylJQ/videos. Closed sound on some, and when one of them tries for the Big Sound it can't pull it off, the drumming fails rather badly,
It's getting close to projecting the atmosphere of this intro, but can't reach high enough ...
This was probably the pick of the bunch,
For months my current setup has been dead ... variety of reasons, primary was a loss of interest in "doing this stuff". Anyway, finally bit the bullet, fixed the actual fault that ceased operations - connection to a tweeter broke - and fired it up. As mentioned on the Music forum here, wasn't too bad on first listen; did a few rounds on albums until a key recording showed where I was at - this was https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/melos_quartett/the_string_quartets__melos_quartet_/.
We have a cheap, Aldi TV PVR here ... a 1TB drive being used inside. Unfortunately, the programming done to make it all work is dreadful, and it's extremely clumsy, and slow in operation. Over time more and more clips added, and it's been switched off at "the wrong time" so often that the poor thing is completely confused - the files are a mess, and the box finally became unusable to record, and play.
So, fixit time! Nothing inside just about; small power supply, drive, and circuit b
Completely unrelated to audio, was out and visited a local boutique chocolate emporium, in passing - "everything made in store" - and discovered Dark Chocolate Sorbet ... I'm hooked!! Amazing taste sensation, the ultimate chocolate hit for fanatics - it doesn't get better, I'd reckon: the intensity of the best chocolate, with the mouth feel of ice cream.
Now, to see if I can find a good recipe and do it myself ...
I was just reminded of a Gene Pitney Greatest Hits CD I have, which was purchased for almost nothing at a flea market - one of those 'no name' European efforts that, ummm, are really legit ... . And it's a shocker - from needle drops, and the gorilla who did it decided that it needed noise reduction to "improve it" - the latter was done in such a clumsy and obvious way that normally it renders many of the songs almost unlistenable - the massive level and noise pumping artifacts from the crudenes
I mentioned that I'm not alone in pursuing a certain quality in the reproduction, and I was just inspired to point to posts and other material that echo what I have to say ... here is the first:
Right, into the meat ...
First of all, there is a blog at http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com.au/, same name, which largely documents the optimising of my current audio project - and other random thoughts. That is intended to be developed over time, but for various reasons my activity there has lapsed - to be continued!
Here, in this blog, I will expound some more on my philosophy and viewpoints, to counterbalance what may be discussed in threads on this forum.