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Re: [ARSCLIST] Stereo records.
I'm glad that I'm not imagining stereo bass. What I have that's really
impressive is on CD and SACD. Vinyl isn't the greatest for subterranean
bass. And consumer R2R tape seems inferior to vinyl in that regard.
Doesn't tape roll off pretty fast below 30 Hz?
And I've observed that most pop records have bass and vocals in mono,
guitars, keyboards and drums panned for stereo. The most important things
are bass line and vocals. I'm sure Bob Marley would agree.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Olhsson" >
According to the folks at Bell Labs this idea is early stereo consumer
electronics industry marketing rhetoric that has no scientific basis at
all. Our hearing responds just dandy to the phase relationships between
low frequency sounds arriving from different directions.
As for mixes intended for stereo LPs, obviously it would be foolish to
create ping-pong bass drums. In pop music we are generally talking about
pan pot stereo rather than real stereo. Quiet as it's kept, when the
record stores began refusing to order mono records, we just started
panning most everything important to the center. Mono actually won the
mono vs. stereo "war." This is why many of us pop music types rolled our
eyes when quad came along.
I would also credit the folks at Ekektra, Warner Brothers
and A&M for moving the record business from just selling singles to high
school and college kids to selling them albums. Today's music industry has
forgotten what it took to make a compelling record album that kids would
buy instead of a single.
Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
Over 40 years making people sound better than they ever imagined!