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post #41 of 86 Old 10-24-13, 12:50 AM
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I thought Adele showed a very personable side and I think that's what makes her so endearing to the masses. Her language may not have been proper to some but I thought she came across as being a truly genuine person. Although possibly flawed as a person she has a beautiful voice and I commend her for breaking the mold of current day personifications. Just my thoughts.
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I thought Adele showed a very personable side and I think that's what makes her so endearing to the masses. Her language may not have been proper to some but I thought she came across as being a truly genuine person. Although possibly flawed as a person she has a beautiful voice and I commend her for breaking the mold of current day personifications. Just my thoughts.
I guess I was just mad because there wasn't enough twerking during her concert.

I found another nice imaging song today. Steely Dan: "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)" off of Katy Lied. Like most Steely Dan songs, the engineering is really well done.

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This is an interesting read due to the reasons people say they use songs for auditioning speakers. When I demo speakers, I am interested first and foremost in the tone or voicing of the speakers. How do they sound with familiar vocals, certain instruments, and do they distort certain sounds. This is the biggest differentiator from speaker to speaker imo, and I absolutely can't stand laid back top end, hollow mids, or chesty/boxy upper bass. Next, I need to get a feel for how dynamic they are - how big is the difference in amplitude during a song with passages that go from quiet or moderate to very loud very quickly. Next comes soundstage width, height, and depth, then lastly, imaging.

I find that speakers either simply can image well or they can't, as imaging is recorded as phase cues in the song, and typically a high frequency driver at ear height with no additional drivers on top of it results in good imaging, as there is generally less comb filtering. In speakers with a mid above and below the high frequency driver, I have never had much success in hearing great imaging.

Additionally, I have to actually enjoy the songs I use to test (I get bored using songs specifically for a certain effect - has to be something I would normally listen to) and I have to have the ability to quick switch when comparing speakers.

With that in mind, here are my go to's, in no particular order:

Days of the New - Shelf in the Room
Erin Boheme - One Night with Frank
Tan Dun - Hero Overture
Tina Turner - Goldeneye
Yanni - Aria (I can't place it, but it is definitely NOT the Acropolis, Royal Albert Hall, Forbidden City, or more recent versions)
Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
Al Hirt - Green Hornet Theme
Michael Buble & Nelly Furtado - Quando, Quando, Quando
Beach Boys - Kokomo
Ray Charles & Natalie Cole - Fever
Rebecca Pidgeon - Spanish Rose
Juno Reactor - Teahouse
Mariah Carey - Oh Holy Night (1994 Merry Christmas version)
Dave Matthews Band - Don't Drink the Water
Lily Chou Chou - The Wound That Heals
Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
Epoca - Gotan Project
Gianni Schicci - O Mio Babbino Caro
Pink Floyd - Us and Them
Unknown Artist - Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (amatuer - found it online, recorded right next to the piano, very clear)
Alanis Morrisette - All I Really Want
Charlotte Church - Carmen Habanera
Zamfir - The Lonely Shepard
Sarah McLachlan - Adai
Metallica & Orchestra - No Leaf Clover
Yanni - Within Attraction (the violin solos at 5:15 will tell you a LOT about the speakers when switching back and forth)
Don Davis - Neodammerung


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Ott - The Queen of All Everything. Cool song with a huge soundstage.
Puscifer - Dear Brother. Some nice drum work and backup vocals that seem to come directly from my wides.
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Re: Good Demo Music - Good Imaging Music - Your Favorite Demo Music

I know I'm late to the party but...


On Nov 9th, I had an audio meet at my house (you can find some details about it here). For the meet, I had put together a sampler disc, consisting of various tracks: both musical and technical. Ninety-three tracks in all!

Since there are so many tracks, I can't easily list them on the forums so I had to post the track list on my site.
http://medleysmusings.com/erins-gtg-...sc-track-list/

As you can see, there's quite a variety... and I managed to throw in some recordings from artists' MFSL-versioned albums.

Here's the breakdown of all 93 tracks:
  • All tracks are simply "sampler" tracks. Most clock in at about 1:00 to 1:30. The goal was to pack as much good tunes in to a single CD but without compromising artists' rights. If anything, I'm trying to promote the artist and push folks to go out and buy their music. I chose the number of 'real music' tracks as I did so there would be a good variety. You can take this to a friend's house or a store to demo and pretty much be covered in all aspects. And if the headbanger dude looks at you weird for playing Babyface, skip ahead and play some NIN or RATM.
  • The first portion of the disc is intended to be a sampler of various music. I grew up listening to a lot of 80’s music, so I’m an 80’s music nut. More pop and rock than anything. There was some very well recorded music from that era, even though it’s considered cheesy music by some today. Artists then went through a lot of trouble to get it right. Especially since the CD format came in to play then. Bobby McFerrin stuff would get laughed at but when you hear it on a good setup you’re like “wow”. Same for Depeche Mode, Howard Jones, Yes, etc. You hear it on the radio and kind of chuckle at it, but when you hear it on a good system you realize just how awesome it is and it becomes fun to listen to. It’s not listening for the sake of listening to ‘SQ’ music; they’re just some really fun tracks that are really well recorded. That's why I chose some of the more odd ones, as some may say. Then there's some more well known tracks and a mix of some more obscure but recognized tracks. The one thing I tried to stay away from was the “sq” factor. I think you guys know what I mean... those overly technical and clinical tracks. I certainly appreciate those tracks on demo CDs people make, but I often find myself kind of bored with them to tell you the truth. They make systems sound really, really good, but I’m too ADD to sit there and listen to something that I can't rock out to or sing along with. My motivation for the variety was thinking about dudes saying “oh, wow… I haven’t this song in years!” and then just jamming along to it in their driveway or down the road. I definitely chose some oddball ones, but I was surprised that there are so many other oddballs out there like me, based on the feedback thus far.
  • The last portion of the disc is intended for tuning purposes. They are all 1/3 octave pink noise, mono. The goal is to use these to help you determine if you have any frequencies that are out of center. If so, you use these to help you adjust that if you have the DSP to do so. After that, there's the narrator from the Chesky Ultimate Demonstration Disc, with him in center, left, left-center, right, and right-center. Use these to help you define stage boundaries and also to see how well your imaging/staging is set up (mainly listening to make sure the left-center and right-center are correctly placed). The final track is a correlated pink noise track you can also use to help set phase and levels between sets of speakers (left mid to left tweeter, left tweeter to right tweeter, etc).




Having said all of that, if you are interested, here's a link to download the disc.
http://bit.ly/1aNO7ol

The file is in .rar (zip) format. You'll have to unzip the file to extract the individual tracks. The tracks are in .m4a, apple lossless, format. Uploading full .wav would take FOOOORRREEEVVVEEEERRRRRR (Sandlot style). If you have iTunes, you're good to go. If you don't then you'll have to figure something out, which shouldn't be too hard to do.


Hopefully you guys get a kick out of it. It's definitely a fun disc and breaks the norm.

- Erin
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Here is one I like to play when demoing speakers.



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Re: Good Demo Music - Good Imaging Music - Your Favorite Demo Music

I was listening late into the evening and decided to check out a new addition to my collection by the sister group, The Roches.

I like these ladies very much, first hearing them when they did their Acapella version of the Hallelujah Chorus back in 1982. The ladies alone do not have great voices, but what happens when you put the three together is almost magical. Each having a bit of differences, Maggie with the baritone, Suzie filling in the middle and Terre way up high.

The album for your listening pleasure today is called Moonswept and is not new per se but new to me.
The first cut is called "Us Little Kids" and is full of good memories from when we were young that also happens to be a very well recorded song. Actually the whole album is well recorded, but if using just one as a demo, this would be the one.

There is a nice surprise in the second chorus when the ladies recreate a sea saw. Enjoy.

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I know I'm late to the party but...


On Nov 9th, I had an audio meet at my house (you can find some details about it here). For the meet, I had put together a sampler disc, consisting of various tracks: both musical and technical. Ninety-three tracks in all!

Since there are so many tracks, I can't easily list them on the forums so I had to post the track list on my site.
http://medleysmusings.com/erins-gtg-...sc-track-list/

As you can see, there's quite a variety... and I managed to throw in some recordings from artists' MFSL-versioned albums.

Here's the breakdown of all 93 tracks:
  • All tracks are simply "sampler" tracks. Most clock in at about 1:00 to 1:30. The goal was to pack as much good tunes in to a single CD but without compromising artists' rights. If anything, I'm trying to promote the artist and push folks to go out and buy their music. I chose the number of 'real music' tracks as I did so there would be a good variety. You can take this to a friend's house or a store to demo and pretty much be covered in all aspects. And if the headbanger dude looks at you weird for playing Babyface, skip ahead and play some NIN or RATM.
  • The first portion of the disc is intended to be a sampler of various music. I grew up listening to a lot of 80s music, so Im an 80s music nut. More pop and rock than anything. There was some very well recorded music from that era, even though its considered cheesy music by some today. Artists then went through a lot of trouble to get it right. Especially since the CD format came in to play then. Bobby McFerrin stuff would get laughed at but when you hear it on a good setup youre like wow. Same for Depeche Mode, Howard Jones, Yes, etc. You hear it on the radio and kind of chuckle at it, but when you hear it on a good system you realize just how awesome it is and it becomes fun to listen to. Its not listening for the sake of listening to SQ music; theyre just some really fun tracks that are really well recorded. That's why I chose some of the more odd ones, as some may say. Then there's some more well known tracks and a mix of some more obscure but recognized tracks. The one thing I tried to stay away from was the sq factor. I think you guys know what I mean... those overly technical and clinical tracks. I certainly appreciate those tracks on demo CDs people make, but I often find myself kind of bored with them to tell you the truth. They make systems sound really, really good, but Im too ADD to sit there and listen to something that I can't rock out to or sing along with. My motivation for the variety was thinking about dudes saying oh, wow I havent this song in years! and then just jamming along to it in their driveway or down the road. I definitely chose some oddball ones, but I was surprised that there are so many other oddballs out there like me, based on the feedback thus far.
  • The last portion of the disc is intended for tuning purposes. They are all 1/3 octave pink noise, mono. The goal is to use these to help you determine if you have any frequencies that are out of center. If so, you use these to help you adjust that if you have the DSP to do so. After that, there's the narrator from the Chesky Ultimate Demonstration Disc, with him in center, left, left-center, right, and right-center. Use these to help you define stage boundaries and also to see how well your imaging/staging is set up (mainly listening to make sure the left-center and right-center are correctly placed). The final track is a correlated pink noise track you can also use to help set phase and levels between sets of speakers (left mid to left tweeter, left tweeter to right tweeter, etc).




Having said all of that, if you are interested, here's a link to download the disc.
http://bit.ly/1aNO7ol

The file is in .rar (zip) format. You'll have to unzip the file to extract the individual tracks. The tracks are in .m4a, apple lossless, format. Uploading full .wav would take FOOOORRREEEVVVEEEERRRRRR (Sandlot style). If you have iTunes, you're good to go. If you don't then you'll have to figure something out, which shouldn't be too hard to do.


Hopefully you guys get a kick out of it. It's definitely a fun disc and breaks the norm.

- Erin
Meant to post a "thank you very much" earlier. Great set of tunes to listen to. As you predicted, it enticed me to buy a couple of them, so you are indeed helping the artists get their music heard and bought more!

Nicely done!

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Well recorded music

A tip of the hat to Sonnie for giving me this idea. If there is another similar thread...oops.

How about a list of some really well recorded music. You know the kind, the ones that make the hair on your neck stand up when you put them on. I know we dont all like the same kind of music, but i bet we all listen to some music we are not really all that fond of just because it sounds so spectacular.

So, hit me with a few choices!

My first few...

Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues (especially Moon Rocks)
Yello - Touch Yello (electronic music so well recorded that you will gasp)
Steely Dan - Two Against Nature (Especially Cousin Dupree)
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms (Especially the whole album)
ZZ Top - Tres Hombres (The new Steve Hoffman mastering)
Stevie Ray Vaughn - In Step (especially Wall of Denial)
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Suzanne Vega- Solitude Standing
Dire Straits- Brothers in Arms

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