Great CD's to Use as References??

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  1. robchittum

    robchittum Guest

    Hi Folks,
    I just purchased a pair of Dynaudio BM6A's and want some suggestions for some CD's that you guys would consider to be excellently recorded and mixed (any style - but I will be recording mostly acoustic music...bluegrass etc.) so that I can learn what a good mix should sound like. I don't want to learn from just any CD that may not be a good example. Sorry if this isn't the best place for this post, or if it has been asked before, but your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Anything by Allison Krause and Union Station. The first CD she did with "Two Highways" on it is supurb! The "Oh Brother" CD too! Those are some of my current bluegrass faves. Also anything by Tom Petty on the pop side. He makes the best records around IMO. BTW congratulations on getting a super set of speakers. I am sure you will love them. Dynaudio is great stuff ! Fats
  3. llornkcor

    llornkcor Active Member

    May 8, 2001
    Brisbane, Australia (originally Boulder, CO, USA)
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    Beatles - Sgt Peppers ...
    Jim Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
    not acoustic, but nonetheless well mixed
  4. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    you should also listen to stuff that's not so great so you know how that sounds on your system too. There are many great albums that are on the dark side and many that are on the bright side and you should see how they sit in your speakers too. This will give you a range of how dark and bright you can go and still be in a good range.
  5. robchittum

    robchittum Guest

    Thanks guys. Great suggestions. I love this forum, and even though I am pretty much a novice at this point, I know that I can learn a great deal from the top notch folks on this site. Speaking of Allison Krause - Any ideas how she gets that great "airy" vocal sound on all her vocals? Aside from the fact that she is an excellent singer! I have watched Nickle Creek from their early days, and have watched them go from virtual unknowns to being world famous in a short time following the point where Allison Krause joined as their producer. Their vocals went from being pretty mediocre to having that Alison "airy" sheen to them. I know a lot goes into getting that sound, but if there are any suggestions for basic ways to achieve that sound I would love to know what they are. Thanks again.

    Rob Chittum
  6. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    just north of NYC
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    Ah-Ha!! I might suggest you consult the topic just below this one on this very forum! It's a listing of favorite reordings / performances by a good number of our membership.

    From my listening, many recordings on Acoustic Disc label sound very real (try the 2 "Duets" discs where the artists list the specific guitars & mandolins used on each track & you can clearly hear the tonal differences and "
    Bluegrass Mandolin Extraviganza") . Mark O'Conner's "Appalacian Waltz " on Sony Classical is another good one. Also you might try some of the Sam Bush studio (not live) releases. Bela Fleck's most recent acoustic disc's very nice. There's a DVD-Audio of that one out also (I think its called "Tales From The Acoustic Planet II").
    Also check out "Everybody Slides", Vols 1 & 2 on Takoma (dobro).
    And last but not least, although it's not strictly blugrass & might be out of print, it would be worth looking for Seatrain's first 2 albums on CD. I got them years ago. They feature Peter Rowan on vocals & fiddler extraordinare Richard Greene and are produced by George Martin (who you might have heard of from the Beatles). They came out in the early 1970's. Titles are "Seatrain" & "Marblehead Messenger".
    Good Luck & happy listening!!
  7. soups

    soups Guest

    Dave Matthews Band- Under the Table and Dreaming
  8. mchimes

    mchimes Guest


    I am a big Krauss fan and asked about her vocals over at Massenburg's Forum. He is friends with Gary Paczosa (engineer for US, Nickel Creek and the the last acoustic Dixie Chicks album). I asked about her vocal and reverb chains over there and got some good answers. If the links don't work do a search over there for "Krauss"

    Check these out:

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    As far as more reference discs, James Taylors "Hourglass." Any of Sting's new stuff sounds incredible to my ears.

    Hope this helps,
  9. robchittum

    robchittum Guest

    Thanks MChimes. Very helpful.
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