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Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby ITHertz » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:31 am

Hi Folks,

As the subject says, I'm looking for songs/mixes that have great front-to-back depth. Film soundtracks, orchestral, any style is fine so long as it has great depth.

Cheers,

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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby John Willett » Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:07 pm

You will likely need simple two-microphone stereo recordings.

One of the best recordings with depth I ever heard was a mono wildlife recording made with a single mic. :thumbup:
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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby The Elf » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:42 pm

Not really a musical reference, but if you can find the ancient soundfield demo done by Mike Skeet you'll have a prime example of a recording with incredible natural depth.
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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:06 pm

The Elf wrote:Not really a musical reference, but if you can find the ancient soundfield demo done by Mike Skeet you'll have a prime example of a recording with incredible natural depth.

If you mean 'The Garage Door', I included a link to it in Mike's Obit in the March 2016 issue.

SOS wrote:...Mike’s infamous ‘Garage Door’ recording, which was released on a test CD published by Hi-Fi News & Record Review magazine in 1985. Mike wanted to demonstrate how the CD format could capture the “dynamic range of real life” and, using a first-generation Sony PCM-F1 digital recorder and a Soundfield MkIII microphone, he did just that. I won’t spoil the surprise, but it’s definitely a recording that’s well worth hearing — with a cautious initial volume setting! Visit this month’s audio homepage at https://www.soundonsound.com/people/mike-skeet-media to experience it for yourself.
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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby blinddrew » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:15 pm

On a musical front, a couple that I've been listening to recently that have a good FTB mix are:
The Avett Brothers - No Hard Feelings,
The Wood Brothers - Glad, (in an interesting way)
Gregory Alan Isakov - Caves,
Grant Lee Phillips - Smoke and Sparks.

All pretty much of muchness genre-wise but may be of some help?
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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby The Elf » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:21 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:
The Elf wrote:Not really a musical reference, but if you can find the ancient soundfield demo done by Mike Skeet you'll have a prime example of a recording with incredible natural depth.
If you mean 'The Garage Door', I included a link to it in Mike's Obit in the March 2016 issue.
Yes, that's it. Never ceases to amaze me, that recording.
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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby Wonks » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:41 pm

There's always this comedy classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR1MjoFV9ug
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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby John Willett » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:01 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote:If you mean 'The Garage Door', I included a link to it in Mike's Obit in the March 2016 issue.

I first heard this from Mike himself.

He sat me down in front of a pair of loudspeakers and then played the original PCM-F1 recording to me.

Magnificent and I nearly jumped out of my skin.

Never as good on the second listen, though. A bit like the very start of the original Star Wars magnificent the first time and second time you know what's happening......
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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:51 am

The Elf wrote:Yes, that's it. Never ceases to amaze me, that recording.

It's sublime isn't it? It combines a brilliantly original concept with technical perfection and a wicked sense of humour.

I dread to think how many speaker drivers that track has taken out! :lol:

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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:56 am

Wonks wrote:There's always this comedy classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR1MjoFV9ug

... and in a similar vein, the 'Ying Tong' song from The Goons
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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby Zukan » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:33 pm

John Willett wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:If you mean 'The Garage Door', I included a link to it in Mike's Obit in the March 2016 issue.

I first heard this from Mike himself.

He sat me down in front of a pair of loudspeakers and then played the original PCM-F1 recording to me.

Magnificent and I nearly jumped out of my skin.

Never as good on the second listen, though. A bit like the very start of the original Star Wars magnificent the first time and second time you know what's happening......

I went through a similar experience when I spent the day with MIke. Truly a Jedi in the audio world.
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Re: Mix References with Great Front-To-Back Depth

Postby Zukan » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:46 pm

The reference I use to calibrate my room etc is Devdas which is an album that is the score from the same named movie.

The level of separation and depth is one of the best I have ever heard from a producer who is not scared to mix orchestral with bangra and modern music.

For genre specific referencing I go with whatever represents that genre best.
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