SH Spotlight Now it can be told: Why did some of the DCC Gold's sound so "unique" compared to other CD's?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. Macman

    Macman Senior Member

    The DCC discs that I own or have heard are stunning. Why did you stop using that gear, Steve?
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  2. Blastproof

    Blastproof Forum Resident

    Mooresville, NC
    Venus and Mars
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  3. daveidmarx

    daveidmarx Forem Residunt

    Astoria, NY USA
    I feel as though I'm staring directly into the "breath of life"... It feels something like this:
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  4. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

    Athens, Greece
    The DCC discs costed in Greece back then the now equivalent of 50-60 EUR each.
  5. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    You beat me to it. :righton:
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  6. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    Looks like the production studio at the first AM radio station that I worked at, back in 1981. Add a razor blade, two GATES turntables, a few cart machine racks, an RCA microphone and a gigantic board with knobs the size of my hand and the picture would be complete! Those Ampex machines were the best reel-to-reel units that I've ever had the pleasure to work with. These kids today with their computers and digital editing toys, will sadly never know just what "real" fun they have missed out on.
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  7. MatthewK

    MatthewK Forum Resident

    Hobart, Australia
    I guess Joni's Blue.
  8. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    Ottawa, Canada
    I wish! Might as well throw in Band On The Run too......:nyah:
  9. Jack White

    Jack White Senior Member

    The Jethro Tull CD collection, 'Original Masters', sounds very good - I could believe that it got the tube treatment.
  10. brew ziggins

    brew ziggins Forum Prisoner

    The Village
    Highway 61 and Court and Spark.
  11. jdrueke

    jdrueke Handsome Man

    Atlanta, Georgia
    I'm just excited to see that out of the very small number of DCC discs that I own, I have Night Moves and The Doors s/t.
  12. Randy Goldberg

    Randy Goldberg Forum Resident

    The Band Stage Fright listened to that yesterday with the headphones and was completely blown away by it like I am every time I hear it. The air around the instruments and vocals is mind boggling. One of the finest sounding discs ever but that just puts it it up there with the 60 plus DCC golds I have.
  13. vudicus

    vudicus Forum Resident

    "Wheels of Fire" would be one of my guesses.
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  14. Jose Jones

    Jose Jones Outstanding Forum Member

    Detroit, Michigan
    Band On The Run
  15. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    The Doors - The Doors
    Strange Days - The Doors
    Night Moves - Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band
    Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
    Van Halen

    Everything else was mastered on an ATR or Studer, but of course with tubes in the chain.
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  16. George P

    George P Notable Member

    Awesome! I have all of those. :goodie:
  17. ashlee5

    ashlee5 Senior Member

    So do I.

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  18. Jose Jones

    Jose Jones Outstanding Forum Member

    Detroit, Michigan
    Now it can be asked....where is this gear today and is it still being used for mastering?
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  19. Peter_R

    Peter_R Maple Syrup Gort Staff

    Montreal, Canada
    I predict a mad rush on this forum in the classifieds, where members will hunt down whichever of the above five titles they're missing.

    BTW, anybody have an extra copy of the DCC of Highway 61 Revisited? Asking for a friend.
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  20. oxegen

    oxegen Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    I don't have Van Halen. I do have the other four plus many others.
  21. bmoregnr

    bmoregnr Forum Rezident

    1060 W. Addison
    What did the units with the VU meters do? I recognize the unit just above that, an MX-10 mixer/preamp right? Some more info at the beginning of this post here ; it is what the Grateful Dead used to mix their archive tapes and famous Betty Boards up until 1978 by my theory. No pan pots, and it seems they always spread everything full L or R to improve the image. That is quite an effective mixer from the 50's because so many of those tapes sound great.
  22. markp

    markp I am always thinking about Jazz.

    Washington State
    Wow, that makes sense. I bought Night Moves when it first came out. I was a sophomore in high school. For all my west coast classmates and I knew, Bob Seger was a new artist. I liked the songs on Night Moves, but the album was in and out of my collection over the years. It just never felt good or easy listening to Night Moves. About 2 years ago I got lucky and scored a DCC Night Moves for $5. When I listened, I thought, this sounds great...why didn't it sound like this befire?
  23. hi_watt

    hi_watt The Road Warrior

    San Diego, CA
    It was something about the crackle and energy in the tone of the way Steve did it. I just had that hunch. :righton: :wave:
  24. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    Noise issues, etc. Old is old, OK for listening, not great for actual mastering. The MX-35 mixer still works great, Kevin Gray restored it.
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  25. hvbias

    hvbias Midrange magic

    Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus sounds like it to me :)

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