1K Club - QQ Shooting Star
- May 12, 2017
- Center of Sound Field
Great first impressions, thanks. I've had a chance to hear the stereo mix only, and I could notice clear differences between the 2019 and the 2009 mixes. For instance, the flutes in I Talk to the Wind were not hard panned L/R in the 2009 mix. Vocals were louder and clearer throughout the album (not a good thing). Also some instruments were noticeably louder in the 2009 mix (guitars, mellotron, etc.). In this new mix, it seems everything is more faithful to the original mix. Hope I'll be able to listen to the surround version soon.Thanks to a kind fellow member who received their set before I did, I just had the opportunity to do a quick comparison between this new version and the 2009 DVD-A. Keep in mind that I don't have intimate familiarity with the album (the first time I heard it was on the DVD-A) and I really liked the old 5.1, which seems to have gotten mixed reviews.
Let's take a look at my favorite track on the album, "I Talk To The Wind":
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As you can see, they're clearly different - but the basic locations of the instruments are more-or-less the same: The flutes are hard panned into the left and right fronts, the clarinet and backing vocals are in the rears, and the lead vocal is in the center channel.
There are some interesting differences though:
Finally - though I'm sure some will disagree - I can't say I really noticed any difference and/or improvement in sound quality.
- The bass flourish that follows the chorus is in the rears on both mixes, but on the 2019 mix it decays from one rear channel to the other, and which of the rear channels it starts in alternates on each chorus (1st chorus it goes RL -> RR, then 2nd chorus RR -> RL, and finally 3rd chorus RL -> RR). Nice playful touch by Steven!
- The bass solo at around 3:15 is hard-panned into the front right channel on the 2019 mix, while the 2009 mix had it isolated in the center channel
- The LFE channel is much louder on the 2019 mix
- The flute solo at around 4:15 jumps back and forth between the rears on the 2019 mix, while the 2009 mix had it isolated in the center channel
- The backing vocals in the rears ("said the straight man...") seem slightly louder on the 2019 mix
I need to dive deeper into the other tracks, but so far the biggest change I've noticed between the two mixes is that SW has really backed off his use of the center channel, instead opting to hard-pan instruments left or right. I'm pretty sure the center doesn't contain anything other than isolated vocals on this mix.
So is it worth the double-dip? Personally, I'm not entirely sold - but I'm glad they offered it in an affordable package, and I'm curious to hear what others have to say
Order is restored.
https://www.dgmlive.com/news/Court No.1 at Surround Sound Site
seeing just the glimpse of that master tape box makes me swoon!
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It sounds like DGM is waiting for the pandemic to end before releasing the box set for ITCOTKC (as well as the King Crimson documentary, Cosmic F*KC, they were planning this year).Can anyone confirm that they still plan on doing a “big box” version of this release In 2020? I’ve been patiently waiting since last year, but I haven’t seen an announcement (notwithstanding the apocalypse of course)
From dgmlive:So I just saw a Dunkin Donuts TV commercial. It featured two CGI aliens drinking coffee. One of them was wearing a Court of the Crimson King t-shirt. I had to replay it three times just to be sure I wasn't imagining it!
So I just saw a Dunkin Donuts TV commercial. It featured two CGI aliens drinking coffee. One of them was wearing a Court of the Crimson King t-shirt. I had to replay it three times just to be sure I wasn't imagining it!
people often mispronounce my name Dunkin wonder if I can claim royaltiesYou are correct sir lol