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Limited Production Run of only 50 Copies Worldwide!
Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape!
Exceptional Audiophile Sound as close to the Original Master Reference Quality as possible!
Opus 3 Records Offers Analogue Copies From Original Analogue Masters!
Master copies of Opus 3 analogue recordings! The shortest and best possible signal-path, without any conversions.
The current Opus 3 catalogue contains 50 titles which have been strictly analogue recorded and preserved. To cater to the needs of people for whom only the best is good enough and demand the ultimate in sound perfection we now offer open-reel master copies of Opus 3 albums.
All tapes are copied 'by hand', track by track, where all Mastering corrections are made with meticulous calibration and control.
A modified Technics RS-1500 for playback of the master tape, which has also been used for all of our re-mastering for SACD of our older titles. This tape recorder is world renowned as one of the best for playback. However it is specially modified to achieve the best possible quality.
Telefunken Magnetophone M-28 for the recording of your copy. This tape recorder has been used for the recording of all of Opus 3's master-recordings since 1978.
which we used for many years was Agfa PEM-468 which is no longer manufactured, however the RMG Studio Master SM-468 produced in the Netherlands has 100% identical performance.
Speed: 38 cm/s (15")
Playback EQ: IEC (CCIR) 35uS
Over many years Opus 3 has from time to time been asked to offer Analogue Tape Copies. At the end of 2014, the first copies were sold in Sweden and the response was overwhelming.
When Opus 3 Records creates an Analogue tape copy, it is always a One to One Copy where, for example, no analogue sub-master is in between, in order to make it as good as possible with no added distortion, noise and wow and flutter, etc.
The drawback is this process takes a lot of time, because all the tracks have to be copies one by one which is the reason the Analogue Tape are high. Because of the way this is done, production is limited to a maximum of 50 pieces. The upside to this process is you are guaranteed to have the best sounding Analogue Tape Copy.
The singer Yamina chose to be recorded by this Swedish quality record company, which is synonymous with enjoyable listening. We suggest that you start by pouring yourself a glass of your favorite wine.
Enjoyable listening - naturally via a high quality stereo system - can really make your day. For Jan-Eric Persson, the owner of the record company OPUS 3 since the 70's (at that time still together with Bo Hansson), the sound quality has always been vital - and as a consequence also the pure acoustic music - and this is certainly still true today. And this is true when It comes to "How Deep Is The Ocean" - in all respects!
Six Swedish musicians, no doubt unknown here in Germany, show us once again which potential there is in the country of the moose and the blond inhabitants. Yamina, with her dark hair, sings in a way that rather makes you think of an American diva. The material on "How Deep is The Ocean" is in fact partly retrieved from the American music treasure and her own compositions are also very close to this style. Her voice is soft but full of character, enriched by dark tones. She manages to capture magical moments and emphasizes them through the perfect pitch. All the songs are recorded as ballads, elegant and spiced with elements of smooth jazz orchestrated with a little Latino and songwriter music. Yamina also plays piano, accompanied by Björn Jansson on the tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, the cellist Anna Wallgren, Mats Andersson on acoustic guitar, Robert Erlandsson on contrabass and Thomas Wingren on percussion.
Somewhat unexpected, this collection has a concept which builds on the fairy tale about "The Little Mermaid" by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.
The high-quality recording of this album offers precise recreation of the different instruments, clean, spatial depth and with the finest timbre. This was, among other things, obtained by having everybody playing simultaneously (as at a live concert) and because the sound technicians Jan-Eric Persson and Erik Nordström did not want to use any musical add-ons. The LP was not a pure analogue recording, instead the extreme high quality DSD128 8-channel process is employed. Thereafter, however, an analogue mixing was done - so here many listeners will get it right.
"How Deep Is The Ocean" feels like diving down into an ocean of acoustic delight, musically as well as sonically. Yamina has appeared as a new name on the radar and with this album we have discovered a real gem!
It is the first album recorded in 8-channel native DSD128 for Opus 3 Records and, of course, mixed 100% analogue, i.e. it has never been in the PCM domain which is also what "native" stands for.
Recorded Live in Jarna Kulturhus Concert Hall, Sweden, August, 2015.
* Reel To Reel Master Tapes do not include cover art
1st Generation Reel to Reel Tape made from the Original Master Tape
Limited Production Run of only 50 Total
Analogue Tape Copies from original analogue masters
Two 10.5" Metal-NAB-Reels
Playback EQ: IEC/CCIR (35uS)
2-track, 1/4" at 38 cm/s (15")
1. My Foolish Heart
2. Yes No Yes
3. How Deep Is The Ocean
4. Very Present
5. Living Dead
6. One Feather At A Time
7. Gentle Rain
8. This Cold Light
9. Little Mermaid
10. Devil's Grip
11. Incinerate To Dust
12. Wild Is The Wind