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John Kellogg (disc's producer and responsible for conceiving the DVD-Audio project) about what it took to achieve such stunning fidelity from material almost thirty years old: "We mixed the MLP (Meridian Lossless Packing) 5.1 track from the original multi-track analogue tapes - a safety' copy-30ips with Dolby SR - and printed the mix to 2'' analogue-30ips with Dolby SR. That analogue master was then re-mastered and captured to 96kHz 24-bit digital on a sonic solutions HD system using three Pacific Microsonics Model 2 A/D converters (which are about $25,000 per two channels and are the best things I have ever heard). Then resulting digital audio was finally MLP packed and put on the disc. I tried to be as purist as possible, maintaining analogue until the very end, then mastering to 96/24 and so on. The original tracks were very clean, and very good quality. We were surprised and delighted. We mixed from the original multi-tracks - same vocal track - but very different processing and equalisation. The same elements, the original 16 and 24 tracks, were used in the original and the new mix. We had the advantage of current studio equipment - a Euphonix console, Studer tape machines and outboard gear, equalisation and processing none of which existed in 1973. We also had automation; back in '73 automation was four guys standing at the console mixing at once 'on the fly'. Moreover, we were able to re-create the mix in 5.1 and 'bring more out of it', so all these things will have a big impact on how the final product sounds.
As you would expect given the nature of the material, the new 3/2.1 mix is especially creative, but in such a way as to enhance the entire experience. Occasionally there are fairly radical pans - circling keyboards during Toccata and the wandering vocals of Lucky Man (a bonus track taken from ELP’s 1970 album of the same name) - that do make you sit up and listen, yet in a good way. You'll also discover a number of tricks used to focus your attention, such as the whole soundstage collapsing inwards for one brief moment during the First Impression of Karn Evil 9. All six channels are in use throughout, with the centre providing a minor fill or discrete instrument according to track."
RHINO R9 75980
Standard jewel-box housed in a cardboard slipcase, booklet with extensive liner notes, track info and lyrics,
contains audio tracks (with bonus track 'Lucky Man'), video tracks and a picture gallery
back disc tray slipcase1 slipcase2 book1 book2 book3 book4 book5 book6 book7 book8 book9 book10 book11
booklet1 booklet1 booklet3
Standard super-jewel-box, booklet with extensive liner notes, track info and lyrics, contains audio tracks
(with bonus track 'Lucky Man'), video tracks and a picture gallery
back disc tray book1 book2 book3 book4 book5 book6 book7 book8 book9 book10 book11
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