Audiophile Analog Collection Vol. 2 (2020)

Mussorgsky, Bach, improvisation, Scarlatti

Various

From the worlds of Jazz, Blues, Percussion Ensembles, World Music, and Classical Music comes Audiophile Analog Collection, Volume 2. The album features performances by the Marc Vallee Trio, Trio de Curda, Monique Page & Regis Rousseau, Sonny Boy Williamson, Doreen Smith & Bobby Troup, Frederic Alarie & Eric Chappell, Raymond Daveluy, and the Orchestre Mondial conducted by Pierre Hetu. 

This is a special compilation of analog audiophile recordings at their best, with an emphasis on execution and great sound. It is a must for the audiophile enthusiast.

Albums from 2xHD guarantee that the ultimate quality is preserved from the original master. Audiophile quality microphone designer and winner of "Best Sound in Show" at high-end audio equipment conventions, Rene Laflamme uses his knowledge and unfailing instinct to match various audio components to create the best all-encompassing sound experience.

It starts with a pure analog transfer from the original master tape. The transfer is made to the best magnetic tape on the market today, recording the master to SM468 tape. This tape has the best Print-through protection and longest storage life.

Next, the resulting analog signal is then transferred into high-resolution DSD and DXD formats by recording it in DXD using a custom 2xHD Technologies A to D converter. All analog and digital cables that are used are state of the art cables from Siltech. The 2xHD FUSION mastering system is powered by a supercapacitor power supply, using a new technology that lowers the digital noise found in the lowest level of the spectrum. A vacuum tube NAGRA HD DAC X is used as a reference digital playback converter in order to A and B with the original analog master tape, permitting the fusion of the warmth of analog with the refinement of digital.

Finally, NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield uses the "EC" DSD 512 modulators in Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 to convert the Stereo DXD transfer to Stereo DSD 512.  Only available from NativeDSD, this edition of the album is a true listening adventure.  We invite you to download the album and enjoy it!

Available in Stereo DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64 and DXD from NativeDSD Music.  It is a DSD Exclusive, Not Available on SACD release.

TRACK 3 WARNING:  Be very careful with the playback level on first listen. The dynamics are wide, and there is a 16Hz organ tone that can cause distress to your speakers if you’re not careful.

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Raymond Daveluy

RAYMOND DAVELUY 1926 - 2016 Joseph Eugène Raymond-Marie Daveluy CM was a Canadian composer, organist, music educator, and arts administrator. An associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, his compositional output consisted mainly of works for solo organ.

Sonny Boy Williamson

When ‘Willie’ Rice Miller, aka Sonny Boy Williamson, made these intimate, casual recordings in 1963, he was already (probably) 66 years old. Most of his long career was over; only two years later he would die in his little apartment in Helena, Arkansas. He was recognized as a giant throughout the blues world as a harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, prolific recording artist, live performer and wildly colorful personality.

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Audiophile Analog Collection Vol. 2 (2020)

Mussorgsky, Bach, improvisation, Scarlatti

Various

    Audioreview.it

My strike of lightning of the week - Audiophile Analogue Collection II - 2xHD By Marco Cicogna, music critic for Audio Review Magazine (translated from original Italian article) When you go from a reel-to-reel master to DSD formats and do it right, the result makes us discover and appreciate the state of the art of music in audio files in high resolution formats I am not an enthusiast of audiophile samplers, but sometimes they can be useful. Many enthusiasts might find an interesting selection of well-crafted piece. The challenge undertaken by the 2xHD label is to create high-resolution DSD formats from high-quality analog masters. In some musical demos of the past season I got to grasp the dynamics and naturalness of analog recordings through analog tapes listened to on high quality Nagra machines. In other words: the true analogue sound. It is clearly a luxury listening, not only for the commitment in terms of cost and maintenance of a high-end tape machine but also due to the rarity of the masters. High resolution digital formats offer a solution that far from being an easy concession is an intelligent compromise. We had a taste in the last Monaco High End Audio Show thanks to the initiative of Renè Laflamme and his 2xHD label. Now that DSD is within everyone’s reach, the invitation is to evaluate without prejudice the ultimate limit of analogue. Then there are the recordings in native DSD, but that's another great chapter of this fascinating story. Have a good listen. Deepening, as always on Audio Review. Marco Cicogna original Italian Review: Quando si passa dal master su bobina al DSD e si fanno le cose per bene, il risultato ci fa scoprire lo stato dell'arte della musica in file audio...ops…"liquida". Non sono un entusiasta dei sampler “audiophile”, ma qualche volta possono essere utili. Molti appassionati potrebbero trovare interessante una selezione di pezzi ben realizzati. La sfida che propone l'etichetta 2XHD sta nel pubblicare edizioni in DSD alta risoluzione a partire da master analogici di alta qualità. In alcune demo musicali della passata stagione ho avuto modo di cogliere la dinamica e la naturalezza di alcune incisioni analogiche attraverso il nastro ascoltato con delle macchine Nagra di altissimo profilo. In altre parole: la vera fonte dell'analogico; un risultato che non ha alcuna delle limitazioni del vinile. Si tratta evidentemente di un ascolto di lusso, non solo per l'impegno in termini di costo e manutenzione di una macchina a bobine di alto livello, ma anche per la rarità del software. Il digitale in altissima risoluzione offre una soluzione che lungi dall'essere un facile ripiego, rappresenta semmai un intelligente compromesso. Ne avevamo avuto un assaggio nella scorsa edizione del Monaco High End grazie all'iniziativa di Renè La Flamme e della sua etichetta 2XHD. Oggi che il DSD è alla portata di tutti, l'invito è a valutare senza pregiudizi il limite ultimo dell'analogico. Poi ci sono le registrazioni in DSD nativo, ma è un altro grande capitolo di questa affascinante storia. Buon ascolto. Approfondimento, come sempre, su Audio Review.

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    Mono And Stereo.com

This album is stunning, to say the least. Reference level stuff! Do not miss this release. It really shows what a high-end system is capableof!

Audiophile Analog Collection Vol. 2 (2020)

Mussorgsky, Bach, improvisation, Scarlatti

Various

Analog Recording Equipment: Nagra T Recorder, Nagra IV-S Recorder
Cables: Siltech
Digital Converters: 2xHD Custom Analog to Digital Converter
Executive Producer: Andre Perry
Mastering Engineer: Rene Laflamme - Analog to DXD transfer, Tom Caulfield (DSD 512)
Mastering Room: Nagra Audio HD DAC X is used as a reference Digital to Analog playback converter
Microphones: AKG C12, B&K Omni-Directional, Fidelio, Neumann U67, Neumann Stereo Tube SM69 in Blumlein technique, Schoeps Omni-Directional, Schoeps Tube Microphones
Notes: NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield uses the "EC" DSD 512 modulators in Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 to convert the Stereo DXD transfer to Stereo DSD 512. Only available from NativeDSD, this edition of the album is a true listening adventure.
Recording Engineer: Rene Laflamme (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9) and Jean De La Durantaye (Tracks 8, 10, 11)
Recording Locations: CBC Studio in Quebec, Eglise St-Jean Baptiste in Montreal, La Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Salle Claude Champagne in Montreal, St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal, Place des arts in Montreal
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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Lights of Barcelona
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Libertango
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Seven Last Words of Christ - Introduction
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The Sky Is Crying
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Route 66
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Le Violette
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Musicus Percussion No.3
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Bell
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J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
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Pictures at an Exhibition, Excerpts
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