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  • What Recordings Do You Use To Test Dynamics

    Along with the cuts from the albums?
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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    Count Basie & His Orchestra - Me And You (Pablo Records). Track: Moten Swing

    I love playing this and watching unsuspecting listeners jump 10 feet in the air. Scares the living shit out of them.
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    • 1morerecord2clean
      1morerecord2clean commented
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      I'll attest to that!

    • garylkoh
      garylkoh commented
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      Haha. Yes! I do it all too often to unsuspecting visitors.

  • #3
    Joni Mitchell has a dynamic sounding voice & would be good to test midrange dynamics. Tchaikovski's 1812 overture on 180gm vinyl or Ultra HDCD would be a good general recording to test dynamics. Also not vinyl as such, but I use Isotek's Ultimate System Setup cd for initial system setup which includes frequency range tests and audiophile test tracks. Not sure if that is on lp though.

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      Harry Connick Jr's "Just Kiss Me" track on his Blue Light Red Light album.

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      • #5
        Analog Tape... Tape Project Arnold Overtures; Analogue Productions Hugh Masekela (Coal Train, of course). Waiting for AP Power of the Orchestra

        LP... For Duke

        SACD... Chesky; Area 31

        Charles

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          • Audioraven
            Audioraven commented
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            Track 1, Fanfare For The Common Man! The opening Gong shot will make you jump.

        • #7
          These are some of the recordings I mentioned a few years ago. To save time I'll cut and paste what I had writtin back then:

          Below I’m going to list a few LPs that are very good and very dynamic. They tend to playback well on a variety of systems. However, they are really shown most impressively on full range systems that have incredibly good dynamics AND can truly show orchestral or large band heft and weight as well as horn dynamics and string tone without losing composure. Additionally some of these LPs cast a very wide and deep soundstage. They tend to show a total package of system performance in terms of the flex and nuance.

          These LP listed below are usually what I will use as “sendoff” LPs. Depending on the music tastes of the visitor, I usually pick at least one of these LPs to play when I want to uncork the system and let it breath unencumbered at high SPLs.

          Here are my sendoff lists of LPs that I will usually play, at least one of these, at uncorked high SPL levels:

          Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (Kojian conducting the Utah Symphony) - Reference Recording 45rpm double LP

          Ravel – La Valse (Carlo Rizzi conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra) – Tacet, 33rpm

          Rossini – Italiania in Algeri, sinfonia (Myung - Whun Chung conducting the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia) Fone’ Records, direct to disc, 45rpm

          The O-zone percussion Group – The Percussion Record – (start with Track 1 on Side A…) Klavier Records / Clearaudio, 33rpm


          Added bonus:

          Pink Floyd – The Wall – (First record, all of Side 1…) Columbia Records, 33rpm

          Those are the current sendoff listed LPs, for new or infrequent visitors, that have big dynamics and get played at high SPLs.

          I’ll list some more during session LPs, that I tend to like for different reasons, a little later.

          Comments are welcome,

          Dre
          And for some in-session listening, I'll paste these:
          Here are a few more in-session records that sometimes get worked into the mix based on my visitors music tastes.

          Coryell-Khan – Two for the Road – Arista 33 RPM
          Andreas Vollenweilder – White Winds – FM/CBS 33 RPM
          The Dan Barrett Octet – Strictly Instrumental – Concord 33 RPM
          Paul Simon – Hearts And Bones – Warner Bros. 33 RPM
          Leonard Cohen - Songs From The Road – Columbia 33 RPM double LP
          Alison Krauss - Forget About It – Rounder 33 RPM
          Dead Can Dance – Into the Labyrinth – Mobile Fidelity Silver Label 33 RPM Double LP
          Sara k. – Water Falls – Stockfisch 33 RPM DMM double LP
          David Roth – Pearl Diver – Stockfisch 33 RPM DMM
          Exotic Dances From The Opera – Eiji Oue conducting the Minnesota Orchestra - Reference Recordings 33 RPM
          Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances - Eiji Oue conducting the Minnesota Orchestra - Reference Recordings 33 RPM


          Dre
          Those were some of the LPs from the past that I would ocationally use.

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          • Bill Hart
            Bill Hart commented
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            Interesting on the Symphonic Dances that you don't list the Johanas/Dallas Symphony- i have the old Athena, and the newer one- a Chad or Org? It has some pretty good swings in loudness.
            I think people dug that Malcolm Arnold record for the drum thwack. The Lyrita records are an acquired taste.
            Man, I haven't listened to Vollenweilder since the 'spa' people took him over. I should still have my old copies.

          • Dre_J
            Dre_J commented
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            Hi Bill, I have the Athena and the one of the Turnabout pressings of (Rachmaninoff, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Donald Johanos ‎– Symphonic Dances / Vocalise). I don't like the performance. It sounds like they are playing with 1/4 or 1/3 of an orchestra. It is also pretty dry sounding to me. I'm sure it's a personal preference thing but the RR version plays much bigger and fuller - and is more entertaining to me as a whole.

            I know, sometimes I run against the great audiophile wind from the north.

            Yes, the Berlioz is all about the drums and the bell on side 3 or 4 of the 2-album 45.

            The Vollenweilder – White Winds is still pretty good sounding. every now and then it will get pulled out. it had been a few years and a friend wanted to hear it a few months ago. we pulled it out and it still sounds good.

          • Bill Hart
            Bill Hart commented
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            Hey, Dre, running against the current is good. I'll have to see if I have that RR- I had some of the old ones, and one collection I bought had a lot more, so I can probably check it out if it is one of the 'old' RR releases.

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          Classics reissue of Tchaikovsky's Cappriccio Italien. Only one movement but pretty dramatic sounding.
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          • #9
            Tricky question without defining "Dynamics" and what you're testing. Is it the ability to play loud, i.e. live volumes without compression or distortion? Tonal depth & range? Frequency response? Scale, coherence, pace? Speed? For me is all of it!

            I don't really have a test list, any good piano or cello recording at live or near live volumes would tell most of everything I need followed by a soprano and something bassy to reaffirm some parameters. Of course it's fun to play live jazz like Miles live in Tokyo in analog or Rodrigo y Gabriela Live in Tokyo for digital and there are many many more, at live levels and see what happens .


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            • #10
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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              • #11
                Well, there's always the prelude from "Thus Sprach Zarathustra" for testing bite and blast abilities of your speakers. Mine is the K2HD disc produced from the Decca LP, and performed by the L.A. Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta.

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