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Chasing The Dragon have chosen Mendelssohn's wonderful octet performed by The Locrian Ensemble for their latest recording. The musicians are all soloists in their own right; however, they are led by the ubiquitous violinist, Jack Liebeck.
The recording has given Chasing The Dragon the opportunity to compare a variety of microphone techniques, which they do in the second half of the album. You can compare valve vs transistor mics and the sound of analogue 1/2" master tape running at 30 IPS vs digital at 24 / 192, all recorded at the same time. They have even used their binaural head - which sounds great on headphones!
"Our tapes are always recorded from the original copy master, to give you the closest approach to the original recording." - Mike & Francoise Valentine
** It is standard practice in all recording studios to keep the tape "tail out". This reduces "pre-echo" and it means that the tape should be placed on the right hand side of the recorder, re-wound and then played.
- 1st Generation Reel to Reel Tape Made from the Original Master Tape
- 1/4" 15IPS CCIR
- Original Master Tapes Recorded at 30ips Onto ½" Tape
- Copy Masters Are Made Using 2 Studer A820 Master Recorders
- Machines Are Connected with Zensati Seraphim Interconnect Cable for Highest Transfer Quality
- All Tapes Use CCIR/IEC Equalization
- Created Using ATR Magnetics Tape Stock
- Housed in Heavy Duty Professional Box
- Transferred and Monitored by Chasing The Dragon Producer Mike Valentine
- Recorded at the Henry Wood Hall, London
- Performed on Contemporary Instruments
- Separate Microphone Comparison Tracks
|Jack Liebeck||1st violin|
|Simon Blendis||2nd violin|
|Sasha Raikhlina||3rd violin|
|Ariel Lang||4th violin|
|Matthew Jones||1st viola|
|Sarah-Jane Bradley||2nd viola|
|Justin Pearson||1st cello|
|Pedro Silva||2nd cello|
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 20
Gypsy Folk Song 'Two Guitars' by Ivan Vasiliev - a comparison of 4 different microphone techniques simultaneously recorded
- AKG C12 Valve - Spaced Pair - Omni-Directional with Jecklin disc
- DPA 4006A Transistor - Spaced Pari - Omni-Directional with Jecklin disc
- AKG C12 Valve - Set to figure of eight - Blumlein Configuration
- NEUMANN KU100 TRANSISTOR - Binaural microphone