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Alibi Productions



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Reference CD
      #1040107 - 27/03/13 01:18 PM
Hi all!
Just in the process of fattening up my rather skinny looking reference CD - anyone fancy chiming in with some suggestions of ref tracks they currently use and the reason why? Input greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Dave

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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Alibi Productions]
      #1040108 - 27/03/13 01:21 PM
Anything off Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly"

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Alibi Productions



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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Alibi Productions]
      #1040130 - 27/03/13 02:13 PM
Ah how did i forget a bit of I.G.Y.! :-)

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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Alibi Productions]
      #1040145 - 27/03/13 03:51 PM
Quote davegorst:

Hi all!
Just in the process of fattening up my rather skinny looking reference CD - anyone fancy chiming in with some suggestions of ref tracks they currently use and the reason why? Input greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Dave



it's obviously genre dependent,
I have so many,
personally I can't stand Steely Dan stuff:), it sounds great, true, just very boring
for electronic music - massive attack/mezzanine, air/100000Hz, flanger/midnight jazz, burial/untrue
pj harvey, jack white, bon iver, john mayer/continuum, morphine, cure for pain, for rock
beck - sea of change is a great sounding album ,
peter gabriel/up - an engineering masterpiece
lizz wright/orchard for folk, acoustic recording - brilliant record
last erykah badu album, missy elliot/under construction, d'angelo - voodoo and sugar brown - for rnb/hiphop stuff
bob marley/japanese rel/ 10 albums - best sounding reggae ever!
buena vista social club (can't remember album name..)
I think most of erick truffaz albums sound great,
david bowie/outside, feist/let it die

I need to stop now, as it will go forever:)

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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Red Mastering]
      #1040152 - 27/03/13 04:04 PM
I think people are often listening too hard to how great Steely Dan sound to notice the fact that their lyrics are outstanding! I'm with you on the Feist, though.

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Alibi Productions



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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Alibi Productions]
      #1040176 - 27/03/13 05:16 PM
thanks for the suggestions guys! yeah it is kind of dependant on genres. the main areas for me are rock, pop, acoustic, r&b, hip hop, and funk but i'd always be keen to work outside my comfort zone so i'm gonna need to add references for the likes of jazz, orchestral, metal etc too.
a lot of good feedback already cheers! :-)

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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Alibi Productions]
      #1040258 - 28/03/13 08:35 AM
Couple of suggestions:

Yello - anything off the 'Baby' album. Crystal clear and beautifully produced - probably the height of their soundmaking

Queen/Mika - Mika's first album has a lovely and rounded bass end which I find lacking from modern sounding music and is reminds me of Queen. Cracking good pop toons as well

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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Dave B]
      #1040313 - 28/03/13 01:41 PM
Dr Dre: 2001
Solomon Burke: Don't Give Up On Me
Propellerheads: Decksanddrumsandrockandroll
Yo Yo Ma: Goat Rodeo
Calvin Harris: 18 Months
Sting: Mercury Falling
Massive Attack: Mezzanine
Rage Against The Machine: Rage Against The Machine

So many great-sounding records. So little time...

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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Mike Senior]
      #1040314 - 28/03/13 02:01 PM
Quote Mike Senior:


Yo Yo Ma: Goat Rodeo





Admit it, you made that one up.


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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Alibi Productions]
      #1040324 - 28/03/13 02:53 PM
For jazz, there are some lovely Decca recordings of Jacques Loussier's trio. As far as metal goes, Cowboys From Hell is quite possible the best-sounding album in the genre.

Cheers!

Chris


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Re: Reference CD new [Re: The Korff]
      #1040331 - 28/03/13 03:36 PM
As far as Pantera goes, I'd suggest their production/mix high point was The Great Southern Trendkill, although Anselmo pretty much just growled at that point. Unusually for the time, you can actually hear the bass, too...!

Very relevant thread for me, this. I've been meaning to compile a proper reference CD/file for ages. Great stuff!

Cheers,
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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Alibi Productions]
      #1040349 - 28/03/13 05:37 PM
Brilliant! nice one guys, i've got some new cd's on order....

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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Sam Inglis]
      #1040436 - 29/03/13 03:40 PM
Quote Sam Inglis:

Quote Mike Senior:


Yo Yo Ma: Goat Rodeo




Admit it, you made that one up.




Hah! Actually, that won the Best Engineering Grammy this year, and it sounds phenomenal. I should have used it's full name, though: The Goat Rodeo Sessions.

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Re: Reference CD new [Re: Red Mastering]
      #1040442 - 29/03/13 04:49 PM
Quote Red Mastering:


personally I can't stand Steely Dan stuff:), it sounds great, true, just very boring
peter gabriel/up - an engineering masterpiece




Agreed and agreed.

You need solo acoustic guitar and solo piano stuff for reference. I use the Decca recordings of Ashkenazy doing all of Chopin. Superb. Bound to be a tune there that you like.

Spoken voice is very useful too. I use the remastered radio version of The Hitch Hiker's guide.

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