Hi-Res Download News (HDTracks, ProStudioMasters, Pono, etc.) & Software/Mastering Part 12**

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Gary, May 9, 2015.

  1. Patrick Cleasby

    Patrick Cleasby Hi-Res idiot

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    London, UK
    Yes that was an older message from me. Cheaper on Sublime, and I can stream them anyway, but for the 7D UK £11.99 it's a no brainer to download them, as I'm doing now too...
     
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  2. rbbert

    rbbert Forum Resident

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    The source tapes are all at 16/44.1, so “hi-res” is a bit misleading
     
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  3. JediJoker7169

    JediJoker7169 Audio Engineer/Enthusiast

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    You know for certain that all of these albums were recorded at that resolution? Mixed to that resolution?
     
  4. bubba-ho-tep

    bubba-ho-tep Forum Resident

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    $14.99 is still a good deal for 12 albums, even if they were CD resolution.
     
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  5. rbbert

    rbbert Forum Resident

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    I’m pretty sure that is stated at one of the websites selling it. I don’t know about any remastering, but you can check the frequency spectrums of the high-res yourself; cut off at 22 kHz, and noise at -96 dB, there’s no way to improve that.
     
  6. Isaac McHelicopter

    Isaac McHelicopter Forum Resident

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    Cumbria, UK
    All the tracks I've checked so far have some audio content above 22.05kHz, but I'm wondering if I'm seeing resampling artefacts. The live album looks to have proper audio well above the red book standard though. Any more information anyone?
     
  7. rbbert

    rbbert Forum Resident

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    Reno, NV, USA
    When there is a sharp drop between 20 and 22 kHz, it almost always means there is a 44.1 sampling step in the chain; once it is there, there is no audio information at higher frequencies. I’ll take another look at the live album sometime (I bought the set from Prostudiomasters back when it came out)
     
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  8. bubba-ho-tep

    bubba-ho-tep Forum Resident

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    ProStudioMasters indeed notes that some of the albums were 16/44.1 mastered at 24/96. Not particularly surprising given the vintage of those recordings.
     
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  9. JediJoker7169

    JediJoker7169 Audio Engineer/Enthusiast

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    I highly doubt there was any resampling done for the 96kHz release. Chances are that the mastering was all done in the analog realm before recapturing at 96kHz. The CDs may be resampled to 44.1kHz, or they may have been recaptured at 44.1kHz simultaneously.
     
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  10. Plan9

    Plan9 Mastering Engineer

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    And competent resampling wouldn't leave artefacts visible on a spectrogram.
     
  11. JediJoker7169

    JediJoker7169 Audio Engineer/Enthusiast

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    Even professional software can leave visible artifacts, though. Whether they're audible or not is another story.
     
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  12. Plan9

    Plan9 Mastering Engineer

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    I love the site you linked. It shows there is always a trade-off with resampling. But that's hardly the subject of this thread.
     
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  13. MrRom92

    MrRom92 Forum Supermodel

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    2 albums coming out tomorrow that I’m hoping to see on HDtracks


    Rolling Stones - On Air (Deluxe)
    Glassjaw - Material Control


    Odds of either of these happening?
     
  14. Plan9

    Plan9 Mastering Engineer

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    Toulouse, France
    I don't know about Glassjaw, but the latest RS album was available as a Hi-Res (24bit/44.1kHz) download on release day.
     
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  15. MrRom92

    MrRom92 Forum Supermodel

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    That’s certainly good news. I figured that was the safer bet if the two… I thought the release day was tomorrow though! I’m reading through the main thread for that release now and it seems like it is sadly plagued with audio issues so I doubt I’ll be buying it anymore. But if I do, I’ll certainly go with the 24 bit. Now I’m on the fence after hearing that it’s boot sourced and turned into fake stereo… I was really hoping for clean, good new transfers of the material.
     
  16. jmacvols

    jmacvols Forum Resident

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    Tennessee
    THIS WEEK on HDtracks...

    David Bowie - 4 Albums
    Neil Young - The Visitor
    Van Morrison (Official) - Versatile
    Black Sabbath - The End (Live)

    plus much much more...

    other possible titles
    Minnie Riperton - Perfect Angel [Deluxe Ed]
    U2 - Songs of Experience [Deluxe Ed]
    Wilco - AM [Special Ed - rmstd] Being There [Deluxe ed]
    Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
     
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  17. dtuck90

    dtuck90 Forum Resident

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    Intrigued to find out what the 4 Bowie albums are?
     
  18. jmacvols

    jmacvols Forum Resident

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    One maybe "Stage - live"

    Another maybe "Scary Monsters" with 2017 remaster
     
  19. bferr1

    bferr1 Forum Resident

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    MA
    Does anyone have a current coupon code for HDtracks? I want to get the new U2 but am waiting to see if there's a valid code out there...
     
  20. LEONPROFF

    LEONPROFF Forum Resident

    HDDEC01
    15%
     
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  21. MrRom92

    MrRom92 Forum Supermodel

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    Long Island, NY
    Just curious where the stones album was up in 24/44.1? I have tried every hi res site I can think of and can’t find it anywhere.
     
  22. Quincy

    Quincy Forum Resident

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    Willamette Valley
    My records show I got from 7Digital the day after the release.
     
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  23. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

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    PhIladelphia, PA
    "Scary Monsters" 2017 (and "Scary Monsters" alone, from the latest Parlophone box) was dropped on HDTracks last week. That leaves "Low", "Heroes", "Lodger" and "Stage" from the latest box to appear today (Dec. 01) [ ..... ] and with a quick side-trip, I see that all four are indeed in the "New" category.

    So, a pretty big break from tradition for albums from the Bowie Parlophone boxes.
     
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  24. MrRom92

    MrRom92 Forum Supermodel

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    Long Island, NY
    Really weird. I’m looking at it on 7digital now and it’s showing 16 bit only. Same for Qobuz. Not on Hdtracks or prostudiomasters at all either
     
  25. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

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    PhIladelphia, PA
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