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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 17:00 GMT 
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Downloaded Dr Ebbett's original mono vinyl rips. I'm not overly blown away. They're certainly not as good as his Beatles rips. I don't think they're a significant upgrade on the mono box.


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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 19:47 GMT 
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Brian Hamilton-Smith wrote:
The engineers back then knew the art of mixing in mono, so they had plenty of ways to secure definition without resorting to stereo panning.

I think it is equally a case of the engineers back then not knowing the art of stereo panning!


Majority of people in the 60's - especially the younger set - didn't own component systems with separate speakers, very expensive then. Pop albums especially were often intentionally mixed with integrated all-in-one record players or consoles in mind, where the speakers were close together. They used hard L/R panning to highlight the 'stereo-ness' of albums when played on such systems. People like Beatles producer George Martin have acknowledged such when discussing their old work.

Engineers certainly did know how to employ more natural stereo mixing when they felt it warranted. Some of the classical and other more 'adult' oriented stereo albums from then can hold their own sonically with anything produced today. But the kiddie stuff can be weird.


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