Thread: Melba label under threat

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Post by AmonRa May 10, 2012 (51 of 55)
Does the CD layer eat into the SACD layer space? I thought SACD stereo and MCH fight for the same space and CD layer floats above that. Leaving the stereo SACD or MCH out would give room for longer playtime.

Post by Claude May 10, 2012 (52 of 55)
Hybrid SACDs are limited in duration only because of the CD layer. There are a few hybrid discs which make use of this difference by putting additional tracks on the SACD layer only.

MA on SA

Post by Ubertrout May 10, 2012 (53 of 55)
Claude said:

Hybrid SACDs are limited in duration only because of the CD layer. There are a few hybrid discs which make use of this difference by putting additional tracks on the SACD layer only.

For 2CH recordings, this is certainly true. For those recordings with both a stereo and full MCH track that push the boundaries of CD length, such as Prokofiev, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Pletnev or Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Abbado, while they fit on a single CD, they don't fit on a single SACD - the SACD area is more than the capacity of a DVD layer.

Post by jackan June 17, 2012 (54 of 55)
bissie said:

We make about 70 recordings/year, about half of which orchestral, 75% of which nowadays on SACD, all of which in high-res, whether appearing as an SACD or not.

You figure the maths. The only reason we are still hanging in there by the skin of our teeth is that we have a back catalogue of some 1'800 productions that, according to the thesis of "The Long Tail", generate a little each, adding up to more than a little. Had we been depending on only the last 5 years' productions, we'd be extinct in no time flat.

Robert

Hello Robert,

This is a very frustrating statement from a consumers point of view.

Not that this is how you run your business, but that other record labels don't. It is so frustrating to have so relatively little catalogs to chose from, especially in what matrial I am interested in. And to further this frustration by having had material in print at one time, and no longer available, and see the used SA-CDs go for over $100 one eBay is over the top maddening.

Thanks to you for doing your part. And your contribution here.

Regards, Jack

Post by jackan June 17, 2012 (55 of 55)
Fitzcaraldo215 said:
But, still, it is sad to see an SACD label capable of quality work, albeit not a high output one, succumb to political and economic pressures.

No its not. It's a crime that given $1M a year they were only able to put out 7 products, and sell only 3500 total copies.

I have worked with non profit types who are either afraid of the "taint" of money, or with lining their own pockets with it though their own salaries, and nepotism.

It seems a given that some sort of marketing, distribution, sales would be expected. Even if they were to press and give away free copies to tax payers.

It is a disservice to the players, those who put up the money, and even those that would have bought the discs if they were marketed properly.

Regards, Jack

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