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Discussion: Holst: The Planets, Grainger: The Warriors - Gardiner

Posts: 6

Post by Xav April 29, 2008 (1 of 6)
Was this originally recorded in surround, or has it had a "surround effect" added, with a bit of artificial reverb? I'd prefer a recording which was done with multichannel in mind from the outset....

Post by Claude April 29, 2008 (2 of 6)
All the technical data given in the booklet are also reproduced on the disc entry here. I haven't seen any information by DG on how the new surround remix was done (sam for the other early 90's DG recordings reissued on multichannel SACD). Given that a stereo remix has been done (which sounds much better than the original CD), it can be assumed that the surround remix is not just a reprocessed stereo signal.

However I can not imagine how they would be able to make a surround mix that is faithful to the real acoustics with a recording that was meant to be stereo only (but used more than just two microphones, hence the possibility to remix).

All I can say is that the stereo remix sounds great, despite the limited PCM resolution (24bit/44kHz).

Post by seth April 29, 2008 (3 of 6)
Xav said:

Was this originally recorded in surround, or has it had a "surround effect" added, with a bit of artificial reverb? I'd prefer a recording which was done with multichannel in mind from the outset....

A poster who worked for Universal said that many of their recordings in the 90s were mic'd so that they could be remixed for surround sound for future re-releases. This is one of them.

Post by akiralx April 30, 2008 (4 of 6)
The interesting DG one is the Pollini Chopin Polonaises SACD - the multichannel layer sounds fabulous compared to the stereo, but I've no idea how it was done.

Post by seth April 30, 2008 (5 of 6)
akiralx said:

The interesting DG one is the Pollini Chopin Polonaises SACD - the multichannel layer sounds fabulous compared to the stereo, but I've no idea how it was done.

That was a quad recording.

Post by Xav May 1, 2008 (6 of 6)
Well, I've ordered it from Caiman via Amazon marketplace.

Didn't get good reviews on Amazon, but reviews here were good and I trust you lot more!

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