SH Spotlight I'm asked stuff: Favorite mastering engineer, best BOSTON CD, best TRAVELING WILBURYS CD, etc..

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    Sorry, Brain lapse... "Run through the Jungle" and "Up around the bend".
    sounded pretty good I thought
     
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  2. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    Some mighty good ones, though.
     
  3. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    Steve, re: Chicago.

    Have you heard the 1991 Group Portrait set? If so, what is your assessment.
     
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  4. Grant

    Grant Now let that bass fall in! Oh yeah!

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    And that's when a lot of we SHF'ers went hunting for either the old Columbia CDs or the ones on Chicago Records before they were all remastered in 2001. For a few years the older CDs were plentiful, but now I think the well is drying up. All I really see anymore are the remasters. When I can't find the older CDs, I find the original vinyl and make needledrops of those. I don't trust the hi-rez downloads.
     
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  5. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    As far as I can tell, this was a fold but I’m not 100% sure.
     
  6. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Have not heard it. Is it good?
     
  7. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I don’t trust ANY hi Rez downloads.
     
  8. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

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    Milwaukee, WI
    Good sources, tasteful mastering from Mark Wilder.
     
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  9. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I love Mark.
     
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  10. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

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    Along with the MasterSound CTA and the MFSL SACDs, probably the best sounding Chicago digitally, at least for the original mixes.
     
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  11. c-eling

    c-eling Love has no date of expiration...

    Took me ages tracking down an old V Grant on disc, geesh. (at an affordable price)
    I gave up a few years ago, and when a recent thread popped up I finally found one.
     
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  12. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    I've only played it once, but it did not "sound" like a fold to me.
    Does anyone else know?
     
  13. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

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    Fold-downs do not have a specific "sound".

    That said, this is definitely a different mix:



    The mono mix is missing both an additional electric rhythm guitar part throughout (center in the stereo mix) and some additional drumming at the end, noticeably a cymbal crash at 2:52 in the stereo mix.
     
  14. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    I'm liking it a little better than the couple of Rhinos (I, II and IX) I have or the Chicago Records issues I previously had. This set was remastered by Mark Wilder, only on CD (x4).

    Sounds a bit more open and balanced, not pushed too hard.
     
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  15. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    Thanks for taking the time.
    Well, well, so it may well be a dedicated mono mix.
     
  16. Instant Karma

    Instant Karma Forum Resident

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    Regarding CTA on cd, do you have a preference between the Mastersound and the MFSL SACD?
     
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  17. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

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    Nope.
     
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  18. Instant Karma

    Instant Karma Forum Resident

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    Ok great. The Mastersound is quite a bit older so I wasn’t sure if any new technology available had improved the sound quality in any way. I have the Mastersound and like it and was on the fence about purchasing the MFSL. Thanks for your response.
     
  19. Instant Karma

    Instant Karma Forum Resident

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    Do you feel the same way about the Santana S/T Mastersound and the MFSL SACD?
     
  20. Steve, I like that avatar much better! :)
     
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  21. JamesD1957

    JamesD1957 Forum Resident

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    Hello Steve! I just picked up your mastering of The Mamas and the Papas - 16 of their greatest hits. Any good memories or challenges that you would like to share about that one?
     
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  22. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

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    I haven’t heard either of those.
     
  23. Instant Karma

    Instant Karma Forum Resident

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    I have the Mastersound and like it but I’ve also heard positive comments regarding the SACD. If I remember correctly, Steve H recommended the Mastersound a while ago.
     
  24. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    There is tons written about this here. Just wanted to say that we were appalled at the terrible sound quality of some of those mixes and I had to convince the staff that a CD was needed even though the sound was below par. They were afraid of "returns" but let me do it. Mama Michelle furnished a few versions and the rest were mastered with the goal of making them less ear bleeding and more pleasing. I think it worked though I haven't heard the thing in years. It was nice meeting Michelle.
     
  25. Tom Favata

    Tom Favata tbuick6

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    Whatever you did Steve, it worked. The tracks on that cd sound worlds better than their vinyl counterparts on the original releases. And I’m a vinyl over cd any day kind of guy.
     
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