Frank Laico: Recording Engineer, Columbia 30th Street Studios.

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A break from the vinyl treadmill to a topic dear to the hearts of some, heroes of the recording studio, the engineers behind the sound of Modern Jazz. Names we know, Van Gelder, DuNann, Plaut, and that wonderful engineer at … Continue reading

High Fidelity: Decades of Decline

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Though hi-fi makes a very important contribution to the quality of my day, I haven’t written much about it lately.  I  don’t read Hi-Fi magazines, as I find it impossible to keep up with all the developments and equipment. I … Continue reading

Mono or Stereo – is it really just a matter of preference?

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A reborn vinyl collector wrote to me recently for advice on whether they should seek out a mono or a stereo copy of a particular record. (I do respond to interesting questions)  I think it was regarding Kind of Blue, but … Continue reading

Thad Jones: The Magnificent Thad Jones (1956) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: April In Paris (Duke-Harburg, a 1930’s showtune) Artists Thad Jones (trumpet) Billy Mitchell (tenor sax) Barry Harris (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 14, 1956 Artists of Note: Billy Mitchell … Continue reading

Microphones and Missiles: The Legendary Neumann U47 Microphone

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Now, a change from records, and a post specially for the sound engineers out there, and the rest of us too.  A guest post, by Neville Roberts. If the name is familiar, you are reading the right sort of magazine: Neville … Continue reading