2K Club - QQ Super Nova
- Apr 23, 2013
- Central Illinois
Hmm, cool Jon. Makes me wonder then....if punching in -M4 has that much of a positive impact, why not just make it default? OK, I'm sure I know the answer.....it simply might not work positively for all music. But yeah....cool.Well, this might not be an audio title that folks here are clamoring for, that's for sure. But today I was doing the broadway cast album of "The Producers". I am not a big broadway musical guy, far from it, but I am a big Mel Brooks fan, and loved the original movie. I took my wife to see the play when it was on Broadway and at the time thought is was great as was most of the music, which Mel Brooks wrote himself. So we ended up seeing this play a few times in other places and I got the CD way back when so I know it well.
Anyway, my wife asked why I didn't have this for the car, and of course I don't like to take stereo in the car, so today I decided to finally take a crack at it and I ran it through Penteo just to have something for the car. But when I listened to it on the PC, it was pretty much the same info in all of the main channels. Very mudane and boring. Nothing was highlighted or low lighted. The lead vocal was in all the channels, as well as all of the other vocals. It was pretty much wide stereo. Not impressed. (Remember though, I was using defauts and DEFAUT.
A few days ago, Glenn asked me to try a SPECWeb parameter to see how it worked. He told me to enter -m4 when the program window says "Press Enter to use the defaults", which is what I always have done.
So today, I decided to try -m4
What a difference! The SPECWeb pulled out the orchestra, the background vocals, the sound effects, and kept the lead in the center. Very wide distribution. And hardly any artifacts, if any. (Remember, my ears aren't what they used to be, no freq's over 11K)
Anyway, it's totally different with SPECWeb than the Penteo on this one. Here's a look at the same exact song done with both programs. You'll have to take my word on the sound, but you can CLEARLY see that SPECWeb pulled stuff out of the stereo and put it into separate channels where Penteo just spread things around.
One of the amazing things on this tune is that at the end, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are singing at the same time, and somehow the SPECWeb pulls Matthew out of the center into the Front Right, so the duet at the end is very discrete.
I really was blown away by this and will try the -m4 on tunes more likely to be listened to by the QQ Hordes!
Here's a look at the Wav files. Guess which is which...........
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