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Posted: Mar 13, 2019 - 10:18am



 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
 

I could send them a box of Pure Mountain Air™ 
 
Yes, and there's that "Origami Boulder" project I've been mulling over for a while.

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Posted: Mar 13, 2019 - 10:01am



 Proclivities wrote:


 kurtster wrote:
And in the You Can't Make This Stuff Up department ...

on Kickstarter no less ...

A record with two silent meditations


 

Well, it is on translucent vinyl, so there is that.  I'm curious who actually donated - I mean I'm REALLY curious who they are and how to contact them.  There are a few projects I am (or could be) working on.
 

I could send them a box of Pure Mountain Air™ 
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Posted: Mar 13, 2019 - 9:54am



 kurtster wrote:
And in the You Can't Make This Stuff Up department ...

on Kickstarter no less ...

A record with two silent meditations


 

Well, it is on translucent vinyl, so there is that.  I'm curious who actually donated - I mean I'm REALLY curious who they are and how to contact them.  There are a few projects I am (or could be) working on.
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Posted: Mar 13, 2019 - 9:47am

 kurtster wrote:
And in the You Can't Make This Stuff Up department ...

on Kickstarter no less ...



 
That is one of the greatest things I have ever seen!{#Lol}
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Posted: Mar 13, 2019 - 6:00am

And in the You Can't Make This Stuff Up department ...

on Kickstarter no less ...


kurtster

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Posted: Mar 13, 2019 - 4:56am

I'm truly living in a world I no longer understand.

So I'm making my morning rounds and stumble on this thread ... STEALING RECORDS

I do some reading, it's kinda local, happening down Cinci way.  Then I learn of this FB page, The Vinyl Vigilante that is about record thieves.  OK, so in the optical business we have groups that go from store to store and rip us off and there are a couple of people who share info and pictures of known thieves operating in our area.  So I guess it is natural that record stores would have the same thing going on.

But, not being real familiar with FB and the way chains work there, if I'm reading things properly, the thief who is the subject of these conversations is actually posting and communicating with his victims ...  I mean ... WTF ?
kurtster

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Posted: Feb 27, 2019 - 7:53pm

 PFM wrote:

Nice work Kurtster! I always look forward to the results of your projects and appreciate the time you spend doing this.

 
Thanks. 

Stay tuned, got a couple more nuggets nearing completion now that I have gotten somewhat caught up on other things.

Just picked up a rare NOS Audio Technica Precept cart and preparing to get the tonearm on my SL1200 rewired.  The stats for this are about the same as my AT15SS so I'm pretty stoked to set it up and start breaking it in.

.





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Posted: Feb 26, 2019 - 3:24pm



 kurtster wrote:
so this is the album I've spent about 30 hours working off and on over the past 10 days.  Stevie ~ Innervisions from a 1973 1st US pressing.  Did a lot of looking around about the album along the way and found out that it is one of those where the 1st's were the best and everything since the represses done after the 70's, including the CD's with the exception of the MFSL in 1991 have been pretty crappy, even the current 21st Century stuff.  I haven't listened to the whole album in nearly 40 years.  I'll put it up to desert island status for me.  This effort came out so good that I even gently remastered the whole album.  Hard to do on a global basis, but it worked out pretty nice breaking it up into 3 pieces and putting it back together again.  No clipping.  All the settings are built around Living For The City.  The bass / keyboard bottom end riff was the focus.  That whole vibrating bottom end thing is real ear candy to me.  

So here it is.  One of those that truly are worthy.  I'll even dare to suggest that it will sound really good with headphones.  Don't let this one slip away.

CLICKY

{#Cheers}
 y'all !


 
Nice work Kurtster! I always look forward to the results of your projects and appreciate the time you spend doing this.

ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Feb 14, 2019 - 9:23am



 kurtster wrote:

Yeah.  That was the most important one of them all.  I'm not biting into this apple.

I just recently learned about Roon, too.  Thought it had something to do with Led Zep ...  silly me.


 
That looks interesting. iTunes is unwieldy and slow and unpredictable so I'd switch to something else but it's so hard. Roon needs to get picked up by a computer brand. If Dell offered them $5 a unit they'd make a lot more money than hoping to get $500 per user.

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Posted: Feb 14, 2019 - 8:53am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 kurtster wrote:
 

That's the first one I read and it's all I need to know.

 
Yeah.  That was the most important one of them all.  I'm not biting into this apple.

I just recently learned about Roon, too.  Thought it had something to do with Led Zep ...  silly me.


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Posted: Feb 14, 2019 - 8:05am



 kurtster wrote:
 

That's the first one I read and it's all I need to know.
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Posted: Feb 14, 2019 - 6:21am

So as I recently surfaced from under the Luddite rock where I live, I just discovered the existence of a new to me but not so new Hi-Res digital format, MAQ.  Not sure what to think about it.  It is said to compare with SACD.  It is proprietary which means special equipment / decoders and more $$$.  Seems like it is geared more for streaming but there are also some CD's coming out in this new format.  I will admit that I bought The Beatles White Album Japanese CD SHM box set just to see what SHM is about.  But it still sits unopened, the 50th Vinyl is killer enough for now.

I dunno.  I'm pretty much done chasing my tail in the pursuit of the better sound.  I've settled on 16 bit / 48 khz for ripping my vinyl.  The only things on my immediate horizon is getting my tone arm rewired and maybe an ultra sonic cleaner.  Sigh ...

Anyway here are some links to explore in case this format is new to you.

WIKI Master Quality Authenticated

MQA Just Ruined My Stereo

I want to explain why MQA is bad for music

TIDAL MASTERS

World's First Hi-Res CD by Universal Music Japan


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Posted: Jan 17, 2019 - 8:57pm

 Steely_D wrote:

Woah. A legendary album. Well done and thanks!

 
High on my list in the coming months is doing Rachel playing Keith's Moog.
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019 - 7:15pm

 rhahl wrote:
 kurtster wrote:
so this is the album I've spent about 30 hours working off and on over the past 10 days.  Stevie ~ Innervisions from a 1973 1st US pressing.  Did a lot of looking around about the album along the way and found out that it is one of those where the 1st's were the best and everything since the represses done after the 70's, including the CD's with the exception of the MFSL in 1991 have been pretty crappy, even the current 21st Century stuff.  I haven't listened to the whole album in nearly 40 years.  I'll put it up to desert island status for me.  This effort came out so good that I even gently remastered the whole album.  Hard to do on a global basis, but it worked out pretty nice breaking it up into 3 pieces and putting it back together again.  No clipping.  All the settings are built around Living For The City.  The bass / keyboard bottom end riff was the focus.  That whole vibrating bottom end thing is real ear candy to me.  

So here it is.  One of those that truly are worthy.  I'll even dare to suggest that it will sound really good with headphones.  Don't let this one slip away.

CLICKY
{#Cheers} y'all !
 
Tremendous.
 
Thanks to all for the responses.

You in particular have contributed to me getting to my final approach with my remastering techniques via your youtube and other posts regarding aspects of audio engineering.  They helped to gel my understanding of the various tools I have to work with and especially how not to use them more than anything else.  I'm now 12 years into this and what I do now is light years from what I did in the beginning working with CD's and mp3's.  Vinyl seems to be the source for the highest dynamic ranges to be found in recordings, even today.  Keeping levels lower and things from clipping was the most important realization in preserving the dynamic range that vinyl has to offer.  I have more to work with and the effects and tools work better and ironically get louder without blowing out the fidelity and permanently killing it off with clipping. 

Granted, not everything needs remastering, but in the case of this particular album, I knew what I wanted to do before I got started after listening to it raw and flat on the computer studio speakers, headphones and finally the big rig in the living room and what I thought was lacking.  And I actually achieved what I wanted to do.  That does not always happen.  The big rig as I call it matters most because it is plain old stereo with an old fashioned unpowered inline subwoofer in front of the mains.  These days with powered subs and separate volume controls for them, figuring out the bass lower end is a big guess.  The inline unpowered sub let's me hear what the bottom really sounds like and how loud it really is with all things being equal and therefore how to better adjust EQ's.

Usually I only remaster individual songs and leave the albums alone and just deal with the pops and ticks, but this one hit me as a whole.  FWIW, the bulk of those 30 hours were spent with the pencil tool editing out the pops, ticks and some scratches and even fixing some recording glitches in the wav form manually, thereby avoiding altering the sound with programs that can do some of the click removal.  It's tedious, time consuming and boring as hell but worth it imo.  I wish I had some google glasses to make a video of that process in real time with live sound.  But I don't.

Finally just to restate why I do this and remind myself why I do this ... Years ago when there was so much music that was out of print and the only source for this music was vinyl, I learned of this guy in Hong Kong in the 90's who was ripping albums and making digital copies of his rips available.  They were so well done that he actually made some good money as there was an audiophile market that wanted his needle drops.  Now everything is being re released so most of the OOP music is once again available, albeit with not so good results more often than not.  That's why I started. (for the sound, not for the money part) I wanted to try and preserve great mastering efforts of people who have since left this planet but left behind masterpieces of work, on vinyl.  Not all vinyl is equal, so when a great copy of a great pressing comes along it's just a simple joy to discover and hear.  It's been said that analogue is less fatiguing to listen to than a digital file.  I'll say that a good digital rip of a great vinyl mastering effort is also not fatiguing because the analogue mastering was accurately captured in a high enough resolution.  Digital mastering from a master tape for a digital release is different than mastering for vinyl.  Feel free to reply with any thoughts on this conclusion or anything else as you are indeed interested in this stuff having following your posts over the years.  And anyone else as well.

Meanwhile, I'll leave this up through the weekend and get back to work on my music project for my wife's friend in Puerto Rico.  She leaves 2 weeks from yesterday for PR and I also have a mixtape to get out at the same time.  And I'm agonizing over adding an ultra sonic cleaning system to that part of the process.  I love my wife who let's me do this.  

Happy to bring people smiles.
{#Cheers}

More to come ...


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Posted: Jan 17, 2019 - 5:08pm



 kurtster wrote:
so this is the album I've spent about 30 hours working off and on over the past 10 days.  Stevie ~ Innervisions from a 1973 1st US pressing.  Did a lot of looking around about the album along the way and found out that it is one of those where the 1st's were the best and everything since the represses done after the 70's, including the CD's with the exception of the MFSL in 1991 have been pretty crappy, even the current 21st Century stuff.  I haven't listened to the whole album in nearly 40 years.  I'll put it up to desert island status for me.  This effort came out so good that I even gently remastered the whole album.  Hard to do on a global basis, but it worked out pretty nice breaking it up into 3 pieces and putting it back together again.  No clipping.  All the settings are built around Living For The City.  The bass / keyboard bottom end riff was the focus.  That whole vibrating bottom end thing is real ear candy to me.  

So here it is.  One of those that truly are worthy.  I'll even dare to suggest that it will sound really good with headphones.  Don't let this one slip away.

CLICKY

{#Cheers}
 y'all !


 

Woah. A legendary album. Well done and thanks!
rhahl

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Posted: Jan 17, 2019 - 4:23pm

 kurtster wrote:
so this is the album I've spent about 30 hours working off and on over the past 10 days.  Stevie ~ Innervisions from a 1973 1st US pressing.  Did a lot of looking around about the album along the way and found out that it is one of those where the 1st's were the best and everything since the represses done after the 70's, including the CD's with the exception of the MFSL in 1991 have been pretty crappy, even the current 21st Century stuff.  I haven't listened to the whole album in nearly 40 years.  I'll put it up to desert island status for me.  This effort came out so good that I even gently remastered the whole album.  Hard to do on a global basis, but it worked out pretty nice breaking it up into 3 pieces and putting it back together again.  No clipping.  All the settings are built around Living For The City.  The bass / keyboard bottom end riff was the focus.  That whole vibrating bottom end thing is real ear candy to me.  

So here it is.  One of those that truly are worthy.  I'll even dare to suggest that it will sound really good with headphones.  Don't let this one slip away.

CLICKY
{#Cheers}
 y'all !
 
Tremendous.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 - 6:28am



 kurtster wrote:
so this is the album I've spent about 30 hours working off and on over the past 10 days.  Stevie ~ Innervisions from a 1973 1st US pressing.  Did a lot of looking around about the album along the way and found out that it is one of those where the 1st's were the best and everything since the represses done after the 70's, including the CD's with the exception of the MFSL in 1991 have been pretty crappy, even the current 21st Century stuff.  I haven't listened to the whole album in nearly 40 years.  I'll put it up to desert island status for me.  This effort came out so good that I even gently remastered the whole album.  Hard to do on a global basis, but it worked out pretty nice breaking it up into 3 pieces and putting it back together again.  No clipping.  All the settings are built around Living For The City.  The bass / keyboard bottom end riff was the focus.  That whole vibrating bottom end thing is real ear candy to me.  

So here it is.  One of those that truly are worthy.  I'll even dare to suggest that it will sound really good with headphones.  Don't let this one slip away.

CLICKY

{#Cheers}
 y'all !


 

thx  
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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 - 4:35am

 kurtster wrote:
so this is the album I've spent about 30 hours working off and on over the past 10 days.  Stevie ~ Innervisions from a 1973 1st US pressing.  Did a lot of looking around about the album along the way and found out that it is one of those where the 1st's were the best and everything since the represses done after the 70's, including the CD's with the exception of the MFSL in 1991 have been pretty crappy, even the current 21st Century stuff.  I haven't listened to the whole album in nearly 40 years.  I'll put it up to desert island status for me.  This effort came out so good that I even gently remastered the whole album.  Hard to do on a global basis, but it worked out pretty nice breaking it up into 3 pieces and putting it back together again.  No clipping.  All the settings are built around Living For The City.  The bass / keyboard bottom end riff was the focus.  That whole vibrating bottom end thing is real ear candy to me.  

So here it is.  One of those that truly are worthy.  I'll even dare to suggest that it will sound really good with headphones.  Don't let this one slip away.

CLICKY

{#Cheers} y'all !

 
Thanks for this!{#Cheers}
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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 - 2:25am

so this is the album I've spent about 30 hours working off and on over the past 10 days.  Stevie ~ Innervisions from a 1973 1st US pressing.  Did a lot of looking around about the album along the way and found out that it is one of those where the 1st's were the best and everything since the represses done after the 70's, including the CD's with the exception of the MFSL in 1991 have been pretty crappy, even the current 21st Century stuff.  I haven't listened to the whole album in nearly 40 years.  I'll put it up to desert island status for me.  This effort came out so good that I even gently remastered the whole album.  Hard to do on a global basis, but it worked out pretty nice breaking it up into 3 pieces and putting it back together again.  No clipping.  All the settings are built around Living For The City.  The bass / keyboard bottom end riff was the focus.  That whole vibrating bottom end thing is real ear candy to me.  

So here it is.  One of those that truly are worthy.  I'll even dare to suggest that it will sound really good with headphones.  Don't let this one slip away.

CLICKY

{#Cheers} y'all !


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Posted: Dec 11, 2018 - 4:10am

 kurtster wrote: 

amazing
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