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What is the best sounding CD available (any genre) in terms of recording and mastering job out there? I know opinions will differ, but I an wanting to buy a CD to use as a learning too (listening and learning about what I should go for in terms of sound).

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kierankelly Mon, 07/21/2003 - 07:35

Eric , I like your list but I would have to say I love the red house painters 3 best ( rollercoster )

in no perticalar order

blood sugar sex magic RHCP
revolver beatles
sufer rosa Pixies
it takes a nation of millions public enemy
litiney Arvo Part
sketches of spain miles davis
dummy portishead
inervisions stevie wonder
Abigail King Diamond

I think these albums still stand up years after release
production as well as mastering

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song4gabriel Thu, 03/17/2011 - 20:21

Hi everyone- sorry been mia for 2 weeks.

My fav's:

Current
Artistic Production- Daniel Lanois' "Where Will I Be?" from his 'Here is What' is album. That song to me, is completely dizzying in its production genius (2 drum tracks, 1 panned left, 1 panned right- I mean c'mon), the bass is so friggin full and harmonic, and guitar sounds that are p90's at their best. Listen to it with headphones if you can

Technical Production- Sugarland's last record

All time
Artistic Production- Radiohead, OK Computer. The bar was raised through the roof with this one

Technical Production- (don't laugh) Eddie Brickel "What I Am is What I am etc..." I have used this track to test cd players, stereos and my monitors for years. It is crystal clear.

I also think Peter Gabriel's So is a spankingly amazing production effort.

ajw Tue, 07/22/2003 - 01:57

Pat Coil "Steps' is a very good sounding record.
Sheffield Lab Direct to Disc..It is one of my reference CDs..well worth a listen if you're interested in benchmark quality.

ajw Tue, 07/22/2003 - 01:59

Pat Coil "Steps' is a very good sounding record.
Sheffield Lab Direct to Disc..It is one of my reference CDs..well worth a listen if you're interested in benchmark quality...ajw :w:

Exmun Tue, 07/22/2003 - 18:58

Originally posted by Treena Foster:
Alison Krauss + Union Station "New Favorite"
:h: Treena

Great choice Treena! I, too, love this CD's sonics. I would really love to know more about how this CD is recorded, mixed, and mastered. Anyone have any inside info?

Whatever was done during this CD was done on Dan Tyminski's subsequent solo CD (got that same "sound"). I'm dying to know more about what gear and techniques were used on this CD. I hear they use(d) soundelux mics for vocals.

Treena Foster Wed, 07/23/2003 - 15:24

Originally posted by Exmun:

Originally posted by Treena Foster:
Alison Krauss + Union Station "New Favorite"
:h: Treena

Great choice Treena! I, too, love this CD's sonics. I would really love to know more about how this CD is recorded, mixed, and mastered. Anyone have any inside info?

Whatever was done during this CD was done on Dan Tyminski's subsequent solo CD (got that same "sound"). I'm dying to know more about what gear and techniques were used on this CD. I hear they use(d) soundelux mics for vocals.

Exmun its my understanding that they used the Millennia STT-1 Origin for tracking the instruments and vocals.

Treena :h:

UncleBob58 Thu, 07/24/2003 - 05:48

Lots of good stuff here.

My personal favorite, which I take to any new room to get the feel of it, is Steely Dan's "ASIA". It sounds great anywhere, from the crappy speakers on a PC to boom box to the car.....

I go along with "Sargeant Pepper" and "Dark Side of the Moon". From the same era (earlier actually) I really like Moody Blues "Days of Future Past". How did they do that back then?

Peace to all,

Uncle Bob
:p:

CJ Grant Thu, 07/24/2003 - 20:51

Hi!

For my first post on RO, as a longtime high-end enthusiast:

My first thought on 'best CD ever' is Dark Side Of The Moon. Hands down, no thinking necessary. I have heard the vinyl on systems that anyone would have died for, and I've heard thousands of other excellent records and CDs in my time, but *nothing* covers every aspect of the recording process in full, like DSOTM. I recommend an early pressing of the vinyl, but practically, find a copy of the gold Mobile Fidelity CD, or lacking that, the Doug Sax 1992 remaster on Capitol will suffice.

cj

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BobRogers Fri, 03/18/2011 - 06:23

I'm another fan of the sound of the old Fagen/Steely Dan albums. Perhaps my favorite "recent" CD is Mark Knopfler's Shangri-La. I's more aggressively limited than older albums, but it still has nice dynamics. With that said, I love the mix. I love the sound of Knopfler's guitar, and the way the organ is recorded and mixed.

Speaking of Knopfler, it's very interesting to give Brothers in Arms a listen after 26 years. It's one of the earliest "all digital albums," so it's a good demonstration of how you can record a great album with harsh, crappy converters, plugins, etc. On the other hand it's a demonstration of how much people were taken with the signal to noise ratio of digital. Is that the quietest pop album of all time? It's like the reverse of the volume wars. "We don't have to worry about tape hiss, so let's keep all the dynamics!" It's an excellent collection of songs, but it's an even more interesting audio artifact.

probability Fri, 07/25/2003 - 05:24

Yeah, but what about that little "vrooom" warp at the end of the first side?

J/K, still an amazing record, one of my favorite. But does anyone else notice that little warp in the sound when it gets really quiet at the end of the first side of the record?

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BobRogers Fri, 03/18/2011 - 06:44

Just a side story for those of you too young to remember the early days of CDs. I was a pretty early adopter and had a CD player in late 84. There weren't that many CDs in the record stores in those days. I can remember one audiofool friend coming over and being appalled that half of my CD collection (less than a dozen disks) were in mono. Some of the earliest CDs were Japanese masters of classic jazz disks from the 50's that had been hard to find on vinyl. He was really excited when Brothers in Arms came out [[url=http://[/URL]="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPARS_code"]DDD.[/]="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPARS_code"]DDD.[/] Me, I just like Knopfler's guitar.

Now get off my lawn.

Bill Mathews Fri, 07/25/2003 - 06:50

I'd like to chime in here with a nod to two previous picks which were,

Bonnie Rait's "Nick of Time" the mastering achieved something greater than the sum of the parts.

Steely Dan's "AJA" Superb.

And to add one of my own... Roxy Music's "Avalon"

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vttom Fri, 03/18/2011 - 07:08

I've had fun reading through this thread that's been resurrected. For a current album, I'd suggest Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More". I like studio albums that manage to capture the energy of a live performance, which this one does.

nyaben Fri, 07/25/2003 - 16:59

As someone else said...Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" as mixed in stereo for the boxed set. Sounds really, really good.

Treena Foster Fri, 07/25/2003 - 17:18

Originally posted by nyaben:
As someone else said...Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" as mixed in stereo for the boxed set. Sounds really, really good.

Have you heard the 5.1a DVD surround sound yet? Killer! :tu:

Treena :h:

joshuafavela Fri, 07/25/2003 - 18:32

I'm addicted to Cold Play's latest......Politik. Such clarity and Transparency to everything! I don't know what I like more....the music or the engineering.

Joshua - the newbie with veteran ears

joshuafavela Fri, 07/25/2003 - 18:41

Oh yeah another album with some cool stuff going on is John Mayer's room for squares...not only great musicianship but great engineering. As far as the aggro-rock genre some have mentioned..Metallica's new one duz suck bad, Def Tones..studio band...horrible vocals live...man he needs to hide behind the compression and pitch correction devices...oh yeah not to mention the effects. Chino cant, "sing," to save his life......along w/everyone in the genre other than Tool's singer.....the genre wouldnt survive w/out studio tricks!

Does anyone like Nelly Furtado? What a talent. Where is she?

Joshua

BopsBeforeYouWere Fri, 07/25/2003 - 22:08

Steve
I saw tool Live,
and by no means are they synthetic at worst they need a guitar player (ok I bad),
I thought the last tool cd was awsome, the 'pin to the red' without clipping- big jumps in db ...
I may suggest the latest Opeth Cd for the quality of engineering, I am no engineer but That cd seems to cover quite a bit of spectrum in HZ
(my 16 year old son always lets me in on the latest metal stuff)
regards
Boppers

robchittum Tue, 07/29/2003 - 09:20

The Dixie Chicks album "home" was done entirely in Nuendo (that's cool). It is very clean and there is absolutely no noise. I wonder if they used noise cancelling filters, or if the high dollar equipment they were using is just that quiet? Good stuff as far as acoustic music goes. I think they are the best thing to happen to country music in a very long time. But I'm a bit of a redneck anyway!

rob

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