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You are warned: the bass of these bass pipes will blow you away 😉
Virgil Fox playes on the Rufatti Organ at the Garden Grove Community Church in California. The Artistry of Virgil Fox is evident throughout this recording as in all of his recordings. A beautiful farewell from a great performer and superb human being. I recommend it without reservation. Sensetional and spectacular High-End-Recordings by audiophile label Crystal Clear, whose standards were direct-to-disc recordings of the 1st class on 180g vinyl in a time, where no one thought to offer audiophile recordings on 180g vinyl.
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Jongen, Cesar Franck, Jehan Alain, Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, Eugène Gigout, Louis Vierne
# Performer: Virgil Fox
# Vinyl (1977)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Crystal Clear
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: not found
# Size: 2.45 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Crystal Clear was a record company dedicated to “direct-to-disc recording”, a technique which briefly came into vogue in the late 1970s offering the absolute highest fidelity possible from the vinyl LP format. Although the direct-to-disc recording movement faded from the scene by 1979, superceded by other technologies such as audiophile-grade “half-speed mastering” and the early digital recordings issued by Telarc (using the Soundstream system), Denon (using early PCM), Decca/London (using a proprietary digital system) and other companies.
Direct to disc recording was, in essence, a “back to basics” movement. By entirely eliminating the analog magnetic tape recording process, it provided a subtle but discernable increase in musical transparency, akin to eliminating a “veil”. However, unlike recording with magnetic tape, there was no opportunity for tape editing of errors or mistakes, and the engineers had to make several attempts using the cutting lathes to properly set recording levels so that the full undiluted dynamic range would be captured without creating severe overload distortion when played back with a typical late-1970s high-quality magnetic or moving-coil cartridge.
At the same time that Crystal Clear made this direct-to-disc recording, using absolutely top-tier microphones, electronics and cutting lathes (I wish I could find the LP which had more details than this Laserlight CD does), Crystal Clear arranged for another company to simultaneously make a digital tape recording of the session. More likely than not, this was using Denon’s early version of PCM recording, which had already been in use in Japan for a couple of years. Among Denon’s earliest PCM recordings in 1975 was a recital by flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal. It was issued on LP in the USA in late 1975 on the budget-priced Columbia Odyssey label bearing the inscription “PCM digital recording”
Tracklist CS 7001
|A||Toccata, Adagio And Fugue
|B1||Toccata And Fugue In D Minor
|B2||Toccata From The Symphonie Concertante
Tracklist CS 7002
|A3||Toccata From The Fifth Symphony
|B1||Prelude And Fugue In G Minor
|B3||Finale From The Sixth Symphony
Analyzed folder: /96kFox/96k The Fox Touch 1
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -0.23 dB -20.89 dB A JSB – Toccata, Adagio And Fugue.wav
DR11 -0.39 dB -16.78 dB B1 JSB – Toccata And Fugue In D Minor.wav
DR11 -0.46 dB -14.87 dB B2 Jongen – Toccata From The Symphonie Concertante.wav
Number of files: 3
Official DR value: DR12
Analyzed folder: /96kFox/96k The Fox Touch 2
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR11 -0.30 dB -15.64 dB A1 Franck – Piece Heroique.wav
DR11 -0.15 dB -15.92 dB A2 Alain – Litanies.wav
DR12 -1.28 dB -17.14 dB A3 Widor – Toccata From The Fifth Symphony.wav
DR13 -0.81 dB -19.93 dB B1 Dupre’ – Prelude And Fugue In G Minor.wav
DR12 -0.68 dB -17.23 dB B2 Gigot – Toccata.wav
DR12 -0.61 dB -16.43 dB B3 Vierne – Finale From The Sixth Symphony.wav
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR12
- Design [Jacket] – D. Bread*, R. Tuten*
- Engineer [Mastering] – Richard Simpson, Stan Ricker
- Engineer [Recording] – Bert Whyte
- Other [Console Circuit Design] – John Curl
- Other [Special Equipment] – John Meyer
- Producer – Ed Wodenjak
Virgil Fox plays the Fratelli-Ruffatti organ at the Garden Groove Community Church in Garden Groove, California, consisting of 116 ranks, 108 stops and 6709 pipes!
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
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.
- 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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