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    Default Soundstage - Recording technology matters?

    On some of my Redbook collections, the soundstage is very well defined, instruments placement, vocal dispersion, are deep. For instance, this recording, has a very deep and clean presentation: http://www.google.com/musicl?lid=608...id=8opwOJJt2fL

    but not on this:
    http://www.google.com/musicl?lid=ccU...id=8opwOJJt2fL

    both were live recordings. So, this is my questions: what gives? microphones' locations, brand, technology, recording engineers' artistry, or pure art (timing, combination of all of the above, voodoo)?

    Anyone?

    ps: On SF Cremona, when soundstage is right on, boy, what a music!
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    All of the above. Everything matters when you're mastering a CD. The quality of the recording can be affected by a whole variety of different things, such as microphone type, distance, crowd noise, natural phenomena(reverb in the form of echos around a stadium, feedback, etc.), and of course quality of the microphone.

    From there, it's up to the engineer to determine how hot they want the recording to be. In mastering, they will often choose to record it "hot" and compressed to make it sound better on lesser gear. It's critical that they know their audience if they want it to sell.

    As such, the best recorded genre's tend to be Jazz and Classical, with singer songwriters pulling in second. Those venues aren't plagued with crowd noise normally and have the luxury of professionals who know their genre very well and their target audience.

    It's a pain to find good recordings sometimes, but when you do... well, you know the rest ;)
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    This is the most frustrating and at the same most rewarding part of this hobby. The quest for that fabulous recording that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

    Recording and mastering is a true art form that just isn't taught or paid attention to enough anymore
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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    hear hear...that is very true. thanks, guys!
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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