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    by Published on 07-13-2012 09:16 PM

    Hi again folks, a little update:

    Although Sony may not have seen your petition, I was certainly aware of it and the enthusiasm for these being issued on a high res format. In fact we do owe Sony our gratitude - they basically fired their regular authoring house from the job (after a pretty poor effort) and have taken a leap of faith in delaying release and trusting me enough to have "my guy" Neil do the job instead - politics in major companies does not often allow for these kind of things to happen, so respect to them for that.

    A couple of other things:

    - the mixes on the DVDA (including the new stereo mix) are flat transfers - unlike on the CD, no mastering has been done, EQ, limiting or compression.

    - I took the opportunity to reconsider and to scrap the idea of the alternative Tarkus running order, so the stereo bonus material now appears at the end of a new mix of the complete album including that classic Are you Ready Eddy (-;

    The 5.1 remixing work has taken a bit of a backseat to my own music for the last year (the 2 ELPs were done last Summer, release schedules take a while to catch up), but I have just finished a mix of another classic 1972 album, not progressive rock this time - news on that soon I hope.

    Best
    SW
    by Published on 05-29-2012 08:39 PM

    The latest data from the HiRez Poll Section has been compiled, and the results posted on the HiRez Poll page HERE.

    Thanks to all who have voted on these SACD, DVD-Audio, and Blu-Ray Audio discs, as the opinions of the membership can help those who may debate whether to purchase a disc or not, and some of these discs now sell for very high prices in the after-market as they are long out of print.

    I ran the numbers to come up with a few other listings, not based on score, and these results I'm putting here, and maybe on the Facebook page (still figuring that out). Thought some might be interested in this stuff:

    HiRez DISCS WITH OVER 100 TOTAL VOTES
    [183] LOVE (Soundtrack)
    [182] DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (SACD)
    [148] GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
    [140] RUMOURS
    [137] BROTHERS IN ARMS
    [126] FRAGILE
    [123] TOMMY
    [108] GAUCHO
    [107] IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
    [105] A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
    [103] BRAIN SALAD SURGERY
    [100] IN ABSENTIA

    HiRez DISCS WITH THE MOST '10' VOTES (HIGHEST RATING)
    [110] LOVE (Soundtrack)
    [095] BROTHERS IN ARMS
    [075] GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
    [066] IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
    [063] DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (SACD)
    [059] FEAR OF A BLANK PLANET
    [058] RUMOURS
    [058] STUPID DREAM
    [054] GAUCHO
    [051] YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS

    HiRez DISCS WITH THE MOST '1' VOTES (LOWEST RATING)
    [8] DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (SACD)
    [4] SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
    [4] BAT OUT OF HELL
    [3] TOYS IN THE ATTIC
    [3] COME AWAY WITH ME
    [2] TUBULAR BELLS (SACD)
    [2] PET SOUNDS
    [2] MACHINE HEAD (DVD-A)
    [2] IN THE ZONE
    [2] MEDULLA
    [2] AGENTS OF FORTUNE

    TOP 10 SACDs BY SCORE
    [9.54] BROTHERS IN ARMS
    [9.54] GUITAR HEROES
    [9.50] FOUR TOCATAS AND FUGUES
    [9.42] LA STRAVAGANZA, 12 VIOLIN CONCERTOS
    [9.39] MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER
    [9.38] TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION
    [9.35] BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
    [9.30] WISH YOU WERE HERE
    [9.28] THE NIGHTFLY
    [9.28] MACHINE HEAD (UK)

    TOP 10 DVD-AUDIO DISCS BY SCORE
    [9.77] STUPID DREAM
    [9.72] FEAR OF A BLANK PLANET
    [9.71] LIGHTBULB SUN
    [9.68] BRICK
    [9.60] SPEAKING IN TONGUES
    [9.54] BROTHERS IN ARMS
    [9.52] REMAIN IN LIGHT
    [9.52] THE INCIDENT
    [9.52] DISCIPLINE
    [9.47] IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING

    ARTISTS WITH 5 OR MORE TITLES IN THE POLLS
    [14] GENESIS
    [10] R.E.M.
    [09] TALKING HEADS
    [09] DEPECHE MODE
    [07] KING CRIMSON
    [07] ELTON JOHN
    [06] PORCUPINE TREE
    [06] MOODY BLUES
    [05] JAMES TAYLOR
    [05] ERIC CLAPTON
    [05] DAVID BOWIE
    [05] BOB DYLAN
    by Published on 12-05-2011 11:22 PM

    From Germany, an announcement from Dietrich:



    After our initial announcement some months ago, our label "Quadro-Surround" is pleased to announce our first production as a DVD-Audio, which will also play on regular DVD and Blu Ray players. We have already done some productions via digital recording, but for our first offer we have taken a studio rough tape of 16 tracks. Reproduced with a studio machine and professional Dolby A, the mixdown was done in a strickly quadraphonic tradition, which means big channel separation and all-around sound, unlike some of the newer productions with SA-CD or DVD-Audio 5.1 mixes.

    Our DVD-Audio runs (without the need to access an on-screen menu) automatically in the right mode after inserting the drawer. When played in a DVD-Audio compatible player, the DVD-Audio tracks are the default output. With a DVD or Blu Ray player, the Dolby Digital track is recognized automatically.

    Musical tastes are different. But one must be taken for the first offer. For our first official release, we have chosen to go with Latin based music, which can present a well defined surround sound presentation with many percussion, noises and and sounds. The orchestra is Frank Valdor , who has for many years led one of the best orchestras in Germany and neighbouring countries. His "Hot Nights in Rio" (recorded in Brasil) is not just a copy of Perez Prado or Xavier Cugat, he has an own style, which will please listeners familiar and unfamiliar with his work.

    The price of our DVD-Audio is 22,-- which means around $ 24,-- including air mail shipment. If you would like to buy such a DVD-Audio, you can write us about our web site www.quadro-surround.de, with PM or direct to me (www.RaschD@aol.com). Payment should be made via PayPal. To make the payment process easier, we can send your PayPal account a request for payment once we have your information.

    We will produce further releases in the future containing all sorts of music, but without Heavy Metal or free Jazz or others which is musically a real niche. I think, a special interest will have Rock Music. But you have the possibility to talk us your own interests. If possible, we would produce those types music. Our next 2 productions we will announce here in 2 or 3 weeks.





    With our label we naw have the possibility to produce new quadraphonic music without waiting for the big companies or Rhinos "handmade", which has offered us only 2 old quadraphonic recordings, not new recordings. We are veteran quadraphonic fans from the 70's and are familliar with the type of sound the quadraphonic and surround fans like to listen to. That is a real discrete sound with a mix that is all around the listener. When the fans will take part by buying our DVD-Audios and we can earn back the money for a production, which is 4,000,-- we can have a real own quadraphonic label - independent from the big firms, which have further on only a very low interests to give us new and really quadraphonic productions. More about us - the technical and the productions - check out our web-site at www.quadro-surround.de.

    Dietrich

    TO DOWNLOAD DTS ENCODED SAMPLES, CLICK HERE

    (Translation Edited by QQ)
    by Published on 11-30-2011 05:49 PM  Number of Views: 3168 

    Good news for Classic Rock Surround Fans in 2011! We saw titles from Pink Floyd, The Who, Derek and the Domino's, Jethro Tull, and Rush appear in new, crystal clear quadraphonic and 5.1 mixes. At a time when the surround music market seemed to be pretty much shut down, these titles somehow managed to become available for purchase. The bad news was that in order to get these surround releases, the surround buyer was required to purchase a "Deluxe Box Set", in some cases in very limited editions.


    Now, there are a few ways to look at these releases. First, and what seems to be the majority opinion here at QQ, you could look at it as described above, and be very annoyed that these titles are not available as stand-alone surround only releases. You could say that since these were created to be included in these box sets, why not make more and sell them direct, much the same way that Pink Floyd did with the Wish You Were Here SACD.

    The opposing view point might be "Hey, they didn't HAVE to include surround versions in these boxes, since the boxes are not targeted for the surround market, they are created for the ultimate fan of these bands." This is also true. Many box sets have appeared over the years, and QQ members have complained "Why didn't they put the quad mix in the box, they really blew it." The McCartney Band on the Run book/box comes to mind for example.

    I suppose the best way to look at these releases is that at LEAST these boxes included the surround mixes, and in the case of the 2 Pink Floyd Boxes and the Aqualung box the buyer not only got a new 5.1 mix disc, but also the original quadraphonic mix. In some ways, this is astonishing. Who ever thought we'd ever see the quad Aqualung mix be sold again in any format? Or the WYWH 1975 quad mix?

    As for Derek and the Domino's, the Elliot Scheiner mix was something we'd only heard about, and now it was there, for us to buy and hear - at a price of course.

    Maybe at some point these surround discs will be available as stand alone releases. At this point, we don't know. However, what we do know is that they are available in these boxes, and that is good. It is far better, IMHO, to have a box set with a surround mix out there, even at a high price, than to have a box set out there at a high price with no surround mix.

    Surround music fans have been beaten into submission over the years to be grateful for whatever pittance the record companies give us. That hasn't changed, but you have to admit that at least, with these recent box sets, they have at least given us something to enjoy, mostly in HiRez, with multiple mixes and alternate tracks in surround. The sad part is that there are many fans who simply cannot afford the price tag of these deluxe box sets, and hopefully the coming year will see these titles appear as single surround releases, even if only as limited editions available through places like Acoustic Sounds and Elusive Discs.

    For those who purchased one or more of these boxes, be sure to vote in LizardKing's poll "The Year of the Box", located in the forum.
    by Published on 11-01-2011 08:50 PM

    Quad Pioneer Lou Dorren has completed the prototype of the new CD-4 Demodulator, dedicated to the late Michael Flaherty, who worked closely with Lou on this project.

    The pitcure below shows the first unit, wearing Dymo labels instead of the silk screened text that will be on the production units. After 3 years of design, construction, and testing, the prototype unit will be sent to QQ Headquarters for initial testing and evaluation.

    Those interested should keep an eye on the original thread in the forum and here on the QQ Home Page for the latest information and test results.

    Lou will be posting more information as the production run gets closer. For those who are not on the order list and are interested, be sure to post in the order thread in the forum to make sure that Theresa can get a firm total. Over the time since this was first announced, many have pre-ordered and a few have pre-ordered, then cancelled.


    by Published on 08-19-2011 10:53 PM     Number of Views: 3177 



    The Who's Quadraphenia album is getting a deluxe release coming in November in an expensive (~$150) box set that includes everything but the kitchen sink, including a DVD-Audio disc featuring 8 tracks newly mixed into 5.1 HiRez surround.

    This from Amazon.com "The box set gives a unique insight into the creation of this landmark album and will feature a re-master of the original double album, Pete Townshend's previously unheard demos including songs that didn't make it onto the original album, an exclusive eight track 5.1 sound DVD(-A), a deluxe hard-back book, previously unseen personal notes, photographs, memorabilia and other exclusive material."

    Once we have more info, it will be posted in the forum. There is an ongoing thread about this release here
    by Published on 07-16-2011 08:50 PM

    Because Words Can't Take You There [July 6, 2011]
    http://www.diatonis.com/because_word...you_there.html

    Listen To Preview

    Here is the DVD-Audio ISO
    http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/147443626

    Specs:
    Menu is NTSC
    Autoplay - will start playing when place in player
    24-bit / 96kHz 5.0 Surround Sound (no LFE)
    Video: None

    This album sounds more like traditional ambient music but does have melodic
    elements. Some of the instruments used are electric guitar (Stratocaster),
    Roland Fantom, Korg Triton, Kurzweil k2600.

    1 Atomosphics
    2 A Kell For April
    3 One Starry Starry Starry Night
    4 In Fields of Green I Met Her
    5 Whiring Above Our Heads
    6 An Ellipse Miss Seifert?
    7 Moonchild Don't Wake Me Till Morning
    8 Peering Into Another World Before Friday
    9 Like Walking On The Wind

    There is a DVD-Video version of this album here:
    http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/147669826
    Eight of the 9 songs have video.

    You can watch one of the videos on the album here:
    http://www.diatonis.com/video_bwctyt...-of-green.html

    I also have two other DVD-Audio ISO images available here:
    Diatonis - Highway 1 / DVD-Audio / ISO
    Diatonis - An Abstract View / DVD-Audio / ISO

    Lastly the Free "Dark Edges" DVD-Audio ISO Image file:
    http://www.archive.org/details/DIATO...AUDIO_2GB_ISO3