This is a crazy “thing” I tell you…I never saw this before. Normally you start listening a record positioning the needle at the beginning, in the outer dead wax. Here you start the record positioning the needle in the inner dead wax 😀 As stated on the cover, you play this Ravel backwards.
Much more than just a gimmick, this album boasts outstanding sound quality and stellar performances. See the information from the label below for more details on the production. (Many thanks to TheNightOwl, who allows me to use his text)
Audiophile factor: Very high!
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Orchestra: Netherlands Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Tacet (180g Limited Edition)
DR-Analysis: DR 17
Size: 1.06 GB + 148 MB
Unlike a normal LP, the needle is put down at the lead-out groove and moves outwards. Behind this apparent gag is nothing other than the wish to achieve the very best sound possible with the general awareness that music often begins softly and ends loudly. A great pity that this phenomenon is not taken into account when employing the usual cutting technique, for the further the pick-up arm moves towards the center, the more information has to be stored per groove centimeter with a constant revolution speed. The result: with an increasing level of sound, the high notes tend to suffer from distortion.
In order to demonstrate that this undesirable effect can be compensated, the director of Tacet, Andreas Spreer, chose to put Ravel’s Boléro — one of the direst examples of dynamics — to the test. The result is 16 minutes of excitement and brilliant sound, which escalates with every millimeter that the needle progresses along the groove to its final climax.
|B||La Valse – Poème Chorégraphique Pour Orchestre||12:16|
Analyzed folder: /192k Ravel – oreloB (Tacet)
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR17 -0.44 dB -24.02 dB A Bolero.aif
DR16 -0.23 dB -22.29 dB B La Valse.aif
Number of files: 2
Official DR value: DR16
- Composed By – Maurice Ravel
- Conductor – Carlo Rizzi
- Design – Julia Zancker
- Layout – Toms Spogis
- Orchestra – Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
- Recorded By – Roland Kistner
- Recorded By, Edited By, Mixed By, Producer – Andreas Spreer
Designed To Play Backwards!
Inspiring Tube Sound
Recorded March and April 2012 at Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, by Andreas Spreer and Roland Kistner
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Große Vorstufe, Erste Frankfurter Röhrenmanufaktur (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
My rips are almost rough rips.
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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