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Robh3606
04-30-2006, 03:57 PM
Not sure If this should be here or Off Topic with the subject matter. You can listen to the whole album here

http://www.hyfntrak.com/neilyoung2/AFF23130/

Can't wait till it's released or to see him with CSNY

Rob:)

Titanium Dome
04-30-2006, 05:10 PM
Thanks for the link. What a concept!

mikebake
04-30-2006, 05:50 PM
What a concept!:barf:

Robh3606
04-30-2006, 06:00 PM
:barf:

Hello Mike

???? You don't like a free listen or do you think the music :barf:

Rob:)

Mr. Widget
04-30-2006, 08:41 PM
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)





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4343
04-30-2006, 09:49 PM
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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After listening to a DAT of the stream on various JBL's around the house, I hope the CD is LOTS cleaner! MPEG sucks! Neil's getting air play too, the FM sounds better than the stream too, so there's hope...

John
04-30-2006, 11:45 PM
My Wife happened to score some floor seats to the July 14 show in Winnipeg for $190 a pop. It's also her birthday so guess who get's to foot the bill?

What the hell, It should be a good show? :applaud:


As well it will be a home coming for Neil and he brings CSN along for the ride:bouncy:

jim3860
05-01-2006, 01:48 AM
Has anyone heard neil's harvest album on sacd yet? If so what did you think of it? REGARDS jim3860

mikebake
05-01-2006, 08:33 AM
Hello Mike

???? You don't like a free listen or do you think the music :barf:

Rob:)
Music/artist:barf:
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Don C
05-01-2006, 08:53 AM
Has anyone heard neil's harvest album on sacd yet? If so what did you think of it? REGARDS jim3860
I think that it's terrific. But some people hate it. It's agressive in it's use of all channels, with Neil's voice often coming from the back. It's one of the discs that never leaves you wondering if all of the speakers are working.

Edit: I have the DVD-Audio disc, not an SACD.

spkrman57
05-01-2006, 10:00 AM
I think that it's terrific. But some people hate it. It's agressive in it's use of all channels, with Neil's voice often coming from the back. It's one of the discs that never leaves you wondering if all of the speakers are working.

Takes away the enjoyment of the music.

Ron

Don C
05-01-2006, 12:53 PM
Takes away the enjoyment of the music.

Ron
I wonder if many Hi-Fi enthusiasts said the same thing when Stereo was first introduced?

Mr. Widget
05-01-2006, 01:03 PM
I wonder if many Hi-Fi enthusiasts said the same thing when Stereo was first introduced?Yes they did... even into the '70s I knew many Hi-Fi buffs that hated the artificial nature of stereo... and they were right. Early stereo was artificial.

I feel the same way about current surround sound... I do not want to be aware of all of the speakers... I think surround done well would make you think only the front center speaker (mono?) was on, but the sound is huge and ambient... more like a live performance.


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edgewound
05-01-2006, 05:25 PM
Music/artist:barf:
..................

He should at least tune that guitar and then learn to play it.

But....whatever...

Titanium Dome
05-01-2006, 05:28 PM
Takes away the enjoyment of the music.

Ron

Ron, it's more accurate to say "Takes away the enjoyment of the music for me." I'm pretty sure that's what you meant, but it does look like an absolute statement. Then you get guys like me saying, "No, it doesn't," when I really mean, "No, it doesn't for me." :D


Yes they did... even into the '70s I knew many Hi-Fi buffs that hated the artificial nature of stereo... and they were right. Early stereo was artificial.

I feel the same way about current surround sound... I do not want to be aware of all of the speakers... I think surround done well would make you think only the front center speaker (mono?) was on, but the sound is huge and ambient... more like a live performance.


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I don't want to be aware of all the speakers either, but I do want to be aware of all the sound, and I also want to be aware of the artist's changing vision of his or her art. It's the old being or becoming discussion, where some see art as fixed and complete while others see it as evolving and incomplete.

I got the Performance Series 7.1 set up because it's not there, and I like to listen to and enjoy multichannel sound--both hokey and refined--because it is there.

Right! :confused:

Mr. Widget
05-01-2006, 05:48 PM
It's the old being or becoming discussion...I guess for me, I am trying to recreate something that resembles reality... in my fairly large room with my speakers that produce a "realistic" sized image... with eyes closed on the right two-channel recordings you can be fooled into believing that a jazz combo is in the room with you...

Of course in the '70s Pink Floyd and others did play around with concerts that were played through a quad PA and some interesting effects were possible... I am not opposed to that. However when I am listening to Steely Dan and the band is essentially in front of me... then all of a sudden a horn solo comes from behind me??? That's just cheesy... that is ping pong stereo all over again.


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Michael Smith
05-01-2006, 11:52 PM
Hi Guys
I suppose the bottom line is, what's your reference? well mine is live performance,I thought the holy grail was to put that artist in your living room warts and all.
I'm afraid a horn section coming from the rear or a guitar lick leaves me some what confused and to my mind takes away from the main body of the performance.
That's my two bobs worth
Michael

oznob
05-02-2006, 12:40 AM
Hi Guys
I suppose the bottom line is, what's your reference? well mine is live performance,I thought the holy grail was to put that artist in your living room warts and all.
I'm afraid a horn section coming from the rear or a guitar lick leaves me some what confused and to my mind takes away from the main body of the performance.
That's my two bobs worth
Michael

Hey Michael,
You nailed it in my mind! Leave surround for the movie special effects and out of the music! If, in time, I go to a concert where the keyboard player is behind me, the lead guitarist left rear and the drummer is in the middle of the stage then I'll buy it! For now, if they are on stage in front of me, that's where the music should come from! How many of us can just sit for any length of time in the middle of our surround sound system and just listen to music? I know I can't. As soon as you get up from the sweet spot you have lost any "benefit" of the EFFECT! One day I'm sure there will be a circular monitor that will allow the musicians to surround you with the visual along with the sound. Just make sure your chair swivels so you can see all that you hear!

Titanium Dome
05-02-2006, 01:25 PM
Most of the music we listen to is not based on live performance.

Having said that, I'll give you that a live recording (kind of an oxymoron, eh?) should sound like a live concert: everyone up front on stage in place. Except even then it doesn't recreate the complete stage experience.

When Bono's got a mic and he goes from center stage to stage left, then across to stage right, the sound doesn't necessarily do that in the recording, since one mic is the primary input for his voice, and an engineer might just leave it all at center stage.

Be that as it may, the majority of the music we listen to is recorded in a studio and mixed to its final presentation. Imagining that the recoding process is anything other than a nice fiction when it comes to soundstage and placement requires too much faith from me. That mix is the recording engineer's, producer's, and hopefully artist's interpretation of where the sound should be and how it should be reproduced.

I don't want to be too much of an old fart, but the only format that eliminates most of these variables is good old monophonic sound.

Saying or implying that two-channel sound is more natural or accurate or correct doesn't hold up under logical scrutiny. It's a preference and an engineering choice. Some of us may prefer it because that's what we're used to after 40 or so years of listening to it.

Peace to you.

John
05-02-2006, 01:58 PM
Most of the music we listen to is not based on live performance.

Having said that, I'll give you that a live recording (kind of an oxymoron, eh?) should sound like a live concert: everyone up front on stage in place. Except even then it doesn't recreate the complete stage experience.

When Bono's got a mic and he goes from center stage to stage left, then across to stage right, the sound doesn't necessarily do that in the recording, since one mic is the primary input for his voice, and an engineer might just leave it all at center stage.

Be that as it may, the majority of the music we listen to is recorded in a studio and mixed to its final presentation. Imagining that the recoding process is anything other than a nice fiction when it comes to soundstage and placement requires too much faith from me. That mix is the recording engineer's, producer's, and hopefully artist's interpretation of where the sound should be and how it should be reproduced.

I don't want to be too much of an old fart, but the only format that eliminates most of these variables is good old monophonic sound.

Saying or implying that two-channel sound is more natural or accurate or correct doesn't hold up under logical scrutiny. It's a preference and an engineering choice. Some of us may prefer it because that's what we're used to after 40 or so years of listening to it.

Peace to you.

I think you hit a home run or grand slam with this post:applaud:

edgewound
05-02-2006, 02:03 PM
Most of the music we listen to is not based on live performance.

Having said that, I'll give you that a live recording (kind of an oxymoron, eh?) should sound like a live concert: everyone up front on stage in place. Except even then it doesn't recreate the complete stage experience.

When Bono's got a mic and he goes from center stage to stage left, then across to stage right, the sound doesn't necessarily do that in the recording, since one mic is the primary input for his voice, and an engineer might just leave it all at center stage.

Be that as it may, the majority of the music we listen to is recorded in a studio and mixed to its final presentation. Imagining that the recoding process is anything other than a nice fiction when it comes to soundstage and placement requires too much faith from me. That mix is the recording engineer's, producer's, and hopefully artist's interpretation of where the sound should be and how it should be reproduced.

I don't want to be too much of an old fart, but the only format that eliminates most of these variables is good old monophonic sound.

Saying or implying that two-channel sound is more natural or accurate or correct doesn't hold up under logical scrutiny. It's a preference and an engineering choice. Some of us may prefer it because that's what we're used to after 40 or so years of listening to it.

Peace to you.

You knew that would cause a stir....nice rub.

Monophonic can't pan or place sounds in space....stereo can. Mono can't place the instruments of a Big Band as they are set up on stage...first chair sax, lead trumpet, trombone, piano, drums, string bass, etc.....stereo can. Usually the instruments are placed in space as they would be if they were to be infront of you at a club or other small venue. Arena concerts aren't the intimate venue that can give that experience, but it can give the feeling of space....which mono can't do...but stereo can.

Also...the live recording just doesn't come off of the FOH board....there is lots of mixing that can be done from the recording consoles and post production to move the performer around the recorded sound stage.

Anyone else care to add to this?

Mr. Widget
05-02-2006, 02:09 PM
Saying or implying that two-channel sound is more natural or accurate or correct doesn't hold up under logical scrutiny. It's a preference and an engineering choice. Some of us may prefer it because that's what we're used to after 40 or so years of listening to it.I am not sure if you were putting my 2-channel preference into that boat or not.

To clarify, the thrust of my argument is that it has taken several decades for most engineers to get a handle on 2-channel... I expect it will be awhile yet before they learn how to use their new found tools with subtlety and grace. Currently most surround mixes are the sonic equivalent of a Tijuana day-glow on black velvet painting.



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Titanium Dome
05-02-2006, 02:15 PM
I am not sure if you were putting my 2-channel preference into that boat or not.

To clarify, the thrust of my argument is that it has taken several decades for most engineers to get a handle on 2-channel... I expect it will be awhile yet before they learn how to use their new found tools with subtlety and grace. Currently most surround mixes are the sonic equivalent of a Tijuana day-glow on black velvet painting.



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Are there dogs in that painting? I like dogs. :homer:

edgewound
05-02-2006, 02:19 PM
Maybe the best understood analogies to stereo 2 channel is this...

We humans both hear and see in stereo. That's what gives us depth and space perception....two eyes and two ears feeding two separate brain channels. That's the same concept that would make the argument of stereo being the most natural recording method for music...or anything else for that matter.

Titanium Dome
05-02-2006, 02:28 PM
But we can see and hear in more than one direction. So the sources of stimuli are located all around us, not just in two locations.

Also, that logic would imply that a person with only one eye or one ear could not perceive depth or localize sound.

edgewound
05-02-2006, 03:04 PM
But we can see and hear in more than one direction. So the sources of stimuli are located all around us, not just in two locations.

Also, that logic would imply that a person with only one eye or one ear could not perceive depth or localize sound.

One can somewhat localize sound with one ear due to the shape of the ear and how it collects sounds. Take away one eye and try to play catch with a baseball or hit a baseball. The depth perception is severely compromised. It takes considerable time for the brain to adjust and compensate if one loses an eye.

But my point is it takes at least to channels of audio to give the dimensions of both depth and width to recreate a realistic soundstage. and I think it's more seamless than surround sound....so far anyway.;)

Robh3606
05-02-2006, 03:26 PM
Ever compare 2 mixes of the same material of a new release in 2 and 5 channels??? I can think of Peter Gabriels Up as an example. The 2 is great and the 5 is superb. Basically you have 3 additional Hi Res channels to present the material through. As good as the 2 channel is the clarity and resolution on the 5 is stunning. The individual textures on the instruments are as clear as day with the extra channels. The sounds is open and spacious. This unfortunately is the exception but the promise is there. When they do became used to the format look out. As far as 2 vs 5 well it's all artificial anyway. Both can sound great however listenning to symphonic material where the back 2 channels are ambiance only is another stunner. Talk about a really great sense of space. No 2 channel recording can ever come close.

Rob:)

Mr. Widget
05-02-2006, 03:36 PM
This unfortunately is the exception but the promise is there. When they do became used to the format look out. As far as 2 vs 5 well it's all artificial anyway. Both can sound great however listenning to symphonic material where the back 2 channels are ambiance only is another stunner. Talk about a really great sense of space.I do think there is a promising future for multi-channel.

There is another issue however. I can't really afford the two speakers I have... both economically or in terms of real-estate... getting five of them would require cheapening out on the electronics and speakers... I don't think that would be a fair trade.


Talk about a really great sense of space. No 2 channel recording can ever come close.Get on a plane... I've got something for you to experience.:D


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Robh3606
05-02-2006, 04:29 PM
Get on a plane... I've got something for you to experience.:D



:rotfl: Nice comeback!!!! Maybe someday!!

Rob:)

Ducatista47
05-11-2006, 10:02 PM
Hey Michael,
You nailed it in my mind! Leave surround for the movie special effects and out of the music! If, in time, I go to a concert where the keyboard player is behind me, the lead guitarist left rear and the drummer is in the middle of the stage then I'll buy it! For now, if they are on stage in front of me, that's where the music should come from! How many of us can just sit for any length of time in the middle of our surround sound system and just listen to music? I know I can't. As soon as you get up from the sweet spot you have lost any "benefit" of the EFFECT! One day I'm sure there will be a circular monitor that will allow the musicians to surround you with the visual along with the sound. Just make sure your chair swivels so you can see all that you hear!
At a concert many years ago, I had a great seat - close but not too close, maybe twelve feet - in a perfect, purpose-built tiny hall in the round. The performance was stellar, the Chicago Symphony String Quartet playing really great pieces, like Debussy's string quartet. That group would be the first and second violin chair and the first chair viola and cello. Three out of four instruments were Strads. All four men obviously had day jobs in the symphony, but were there because they loved to play and were excited about the presentation. The greatest sound quality I ever heard. It was a free concert to debut the room. Both venue and talent were paid for by a wealthy patron of my college.

Still, I thought afterward that the only seat better would be them surrounding me instead of us surrounding them. It doesn't happen because an audience of one is not practical. Except in recording. I think this is where the real potential of surround for musical playback lies. It could actually improve on the experience by giving us an impossibly great seat that we cannot have in the real world. Kind of like when I play a submarine sim, technology offers a version of an experience I could never enjoy in real life. And yes, of course any reproduction is a version of something.

When you think about it this way, you realize we are restricting ourselves on the basis of what we have already experienced. Sitting in a a circle of musicians playing, or sitting in on a jam can sound more interesting than a stage-audience relationship, and is a lot more intimate. You players can attest to this. Have you ever wondered what it sounds like to be playing in that string quartet during practice, when they are facing each other?

Lacking that, I prefer two channel for now.

BTW, the few true binaural recordings I have heard (through Stax headphones, great sound too) gave a more realistic sound field than anything else I've experienced. Binaural is recorded through "dummy head" microphones for headphone reproduction. http://www.binaural.com/

Peace, Clark

4343
05-12-2006, 02:54 PM
...Sitting in a a circle of musicians playing, or sitting in on a jam can sound more interesting than a stage-audience relationship, and is a lot more intimate. You players can attest to this. Have you ever wondered what it sounds like to be playing in that string quartet during practice, when they are facing each other?

Lacking that, I prefer two channel for now.

BTW, the few true binaural recordings I have heard (through Stax headphones, great sound too) gave a more realistic sound field than anything else I've experienced. Binaural is recorded through "dummy head" microphones for headphone reproduction. http://www.binaural.com/

Peace, Clark

Yup, lots of possibilities with location to be explored.

Back on topic, I just got my copy of Neil's newest, haven't had time to do more than a quick sound check, but it definately sounds better than the stream. Compression really :barf:'s when it comes to distortion! An oxymoron, I know, but the distortions sounds lots cleaner on the CD!:blink::applaud:

AdamimAdam
06-07-2006, 08:06 AM
He should at least tune that guitar and then learn to play it.

But....whatever...

Are we talking about the same #1 Folk singers ????OF ALL TIME!!!where is your taste mannn:barf::barf:

edgewound
06-07-2006, 10:13 AM
Are we talking about the same #1 Folk singers ????OF ALL TIME!!!where is your taste mannn:barf::barf:

I guess we don't share the same opinion...and that's ok.;) :p

mbask
08-04-2006, 05:05 AM
still drunk...:)
Neils new song "Living with War" stinks of ....I still like the money
I can't blame him....
Is anybody here into UFC?

mbask
08-29-2006, 11:56 PM
well ...to Mock a killing thread :D

Titanium Dome
08-30-2006, 08:10 AM
I was not going to post this, but since the thread is revived:

Isn't "headphone reproduction" when a mommy headphone and a daddy headphone love each other very much, they get married, and then they...?