True - although there is a downmix set to RPGA recommendations on the MLP stream to prevent calamity.P.S. One thing to note - there is no hi-rez stereo on the disc. - just MLP, DTS & DD 5.1
True - us surround nuts don't care...True - although there is a downmix set to RPGA recommendations on the MLP stream to prevent calamity.
This was a deliberate decision as the DVD is for the surround mixes only, and is actually marked "Bonus Material" on the disc. This is because there was never a high resolution stereo mix done and stereo exists solely on the CD.
BUt we don't care about that, do we - this is QQ, not SH.
Agreed, Rob Reed's mix of this album is superb, as are hs Magenta mixes. Hopefully those will get a dvd-a re release to fully appreciate the music and mix.Just completed another play of this (have listened to the stereo CD maybe 8 times and the surround sound about 5) and rate it as a solid 9. Rob Reed (the music genius behind Magenta and Chimpan A) had this as a sectret "pet project" for a couple of years and has put an awful lot of care and attention to detail into the writing, arrangement, recording (much of it done at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio) production and mixing.
imho Rob is a bit of an un-sung hero in surround sound; his mixes of parts of the Magenta catalogue are superb and this is easily as good as them. Solid, clear, thoughtfully and tastefully mixed with not a hint of over-compression. Spatial positioning and separation of parts is near perfect. The unusual material - he describes it as Celtic - mixes rock instruments with choirs, both male and female vocals and some operatic vocals. Very powerful, dynamic and a real joy to listen to.
I really hope Rob continues to use the format. He's another SW in the making in my opinion.
Just giving this another play (first in a while) prompted by your review. It really is a classy release. Rob Reed is a musical genius and imho deserves the kind of recognition normally reserved for Steven Wilson. His writing is beautifully structured and detailed, well thought out and executed and his surround mixing skills are (again imho) easily up there with SWs. He's a big fan of Yes btw so your pre-edit comment is probably more accurate than you realised!Bought and received this DVD-A the other day, having seen it mentioned on this forum. I've never heard Magenta's music so this is new stuff to me. Well I am totally blown away - the music is grand and majestic on every scale - think War of the Worlds meets Riverdance meets Enigma meets Yes (sorry for my simplistic comparisons). A big thumbs up for the surround mix - Neil Wilkes you did a cracking job (I see you listed on the credits for the mastering), one of my new favourites, and I have about 200 SACD and DVD-As. Only heard it twice, but instantly love it. Top stuff, highly recommend it.
Edit: Actually the 'Yes' comparison isn't quite right, but there is some prog element to it in places, and you could probably add a comparison to Mike Oldfield, Phantom of the Opera and even a touch of Mozart's Requiem! The point being that it certainly is an eclectic mix of styles!