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My Reel Club - make your own reference recordings

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I know based on my 40 years of being audiophile and spending decades in pro audio, pro video and PA, that most of the hifi lovers have no experience and do not know how recordings are actually made. A year ago I organized studio meetings where hifi and music lovers could meet with internationally well known sound engineers in their studios and discuss how recordings are made. These meetings were very popular, always completely sold out (free of charge) and I understood there is a serious interest being at the recording session, sound check and rehearsal and getting the pure native recordings and the mastered files as well, in the available highest resolution and discussing the recording process with the engineers and artists. 

So we invented My Reel Club with few friends. 

It may take years or even decades and cost a fortune, a lot of energy to build a high-end audio system for home music reproduction. 
The reason for the lengthy process is not only to learn about our music perception but the lack of authentic reference recordings. If we do not know how the recording was made and how the live music sounded, we will not have the memory of the masterpiece. 

Most of the modern audio recordings are optimized unfortunately for various music listening environments including noisy mobile devices. Such as the dynamics, the tonal balance and voicing balance is compromised, these are often dumbed down for mobile environments.

Using even the better recordings for evaluating our equipment choices we may have been misguided.

The „My Reel Club” community will give a unique possibility to all demanding music listeners to make reference recordings: they can be present when miracles occur, they can be part of the rehearsal, mixing, even the post-production. There will be memories of the real event this way.

Soon you can make, experience your own reference recordings.

The first live studio recording event will be end of this month, a piano recording of the Goldberg Variations (25 seats available and practically sold out) in Budapest this Saturday  and all the guests will get the native DSD256 files (or lower rate DSD and PCM files) and if they need, they can have a high speed tape as well. I am absolutely sure it will be a really educational event for those, whom never did a recording and never experienced a recording session in the studio and willing to understand how a recording process works. We will use vintage analog electronics and one of the best known pro audio manufacturers supports us with A/D converters. We will have an UHD video available of the first event. 

Soon there will be a home page with more information. We will try to build a community, a kind of "franchise" with studios, musicians and hifi lovers worldwide. 

We are not alone, there is a very similar project in Switzerland I learned today. It is called Staright2tape™ by 2inch Records. We started to discuss a cooperation. I hope other studios will feel it as exciting as we do and join at a later stage

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Thanks Tom, it was definitely educational for the attendees, for the studio and artist as well. At the end everybody enjoyed it, and waiting for the next similar event.  I have all sorts of more plans for similar events in the future. Making recordings should be more personal this way for the listeners and the music makers too and it is important. 

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