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Dude111
post Aug 29 2012, 20:53
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Im curious what you guys prefer??

I have always preferred Mono because everything is combined together and to me sounds the best..

I didnt see any threads discussing it so i thought i'd start one and see where it goes smile.gif

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derty2
post Aug 30 2012, 09:27
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I am not a recording engineer, but I have always assumed that Mono was the only professional recording methodology used in studios all the way until the late 1960s.
Given my taste for authenticity, I expect to only see a Mono recording of things made before 1970 (or so).

However, I recently got a bit confused over this issue. . .
The other day I walked into a record store and casually browsed the Vinyl releases. I saw an audiophile 180g reissue of the album "Kind Of Blue" by Miles Davis (recorded in 1959).
I picked it up, inspected it, and noticed that it was labeled as Stereo !!! I asked the shop assistant how an album from 1959 can be released as Stereo ...and he did not have an informative answer to give me.

If any of you guys reading here have deep knowledge of recording history, technology and distribution, can you shed some light on all of this. Thanks.

I wish record companies and distributors always gave complete notes on the provenance of their releases, rather like the "changelog" you get with a long-standing and respected piece of software (such as foobar2000). Without such info, purchasing music seems like playing an obfuscated game of roulette.
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post Aug 30 2012, 10:34
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QUOTE (derty2 @ Aug 30 2012, 10:27) *
The other day I walked into a record store and casually browsed the Vinyl releases. I saw an audiophile 180g reissue of the album "Kind Of Blue" by Miles Davis (recorded in 1959).
I picked it up, inspected it, and noticed that it was labeled as Stereo !!! I asked the shop assistant how an album from 1959 can be released as Stereo ...and he did not have an informative answer to give me.


Stereo pressings hit the consumer market in 1958 (edit: Nessuno: was the 1956 recording released in 1956? Anyway, stereo pressings were available to consumers before KoB), and Kind of Blue was released in stereo (and mono).

BTW, once you had LPs marked “Stereo (also playable on mono)”, the reason being that a mono pickup had a fatter stylus which wouldn't fit every stereo LP. It could very well be that some pressings later were marked “Stereo” because they were pressed for a stereo stylus (i.e., “Stereo” meant “Don't play this with a mono pickup”, not that there was actual stereo content) -- examples, anyone?

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post Aug 30 2012, 10:46
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No, the Walcha recording was not released in stereo until 1960, according to http://www.allmusic.com/album/bach-the-art...ue-mw0001849213 :

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Deutsche Grammophon didn't have a way to issue this stereo recording in 1956, but had the foresight to utilize the technology anyway, as relatively few others did at that time; the stereo LP of The Art of Fugue finally made its bow in 1960.


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- Dude111   Stereo or Mono?   Aug 29 2012, 20:53
- - jayess   QUOTE (Dude111 @ Aug 29 2012, 14:53) Im c...   Aug 29 2012, 21:21
|- - Ron Jones   QUOTE (jayess @ Aug 29 2012, 13:21) I pre...   Aug 30 2012, 21:37
- - LithosZA   Stereo, because Binaural recordings require it and...   Aug 29 2012, 21:28
|- - Glenn Gundlach   QUOTE (LithosZA @ Aug 29 2012, 12:28) Ste...   Aug 31 2012, 08:38
|- - dc2bluelight   QUOTE (Glenn Gundlach @ Aug 31 2012, 02:3...   Aug 31 2012, 15:59
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- - greynol   When played through a pair of stereo speakers, is ...   Aug 30 2012, 05:24
- - dc2bluelight   Just one more comment...I recently heard a mono re...   Aug 30 2012, 05:28
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- - derty2   I am not a recording engineer, but I have always a...   Aug 30 2012, 09:27
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (derty2 @ Aug 30 2012, 10:27) I am ...   Aug 30 2012, 10:32
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (derty2 @ Aug 30 2012, 10:27) The o...   Aug 30 2012, 10:34
|- - Porcus   No, the Walcha recording was not released in stere...   Aug 30 2012, 10:46
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