Naxatras III [raw + smooth] Bundle

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Naxatras III [raw]

Naxatras III [smooth]

TWO VERSIONS OF THIS ALBUM ARE AVAILABLE at NativeDSD, you are now on the “RAW” & “SMOOTH” bundle.

Naxatras have succeeded once again in surpassing themselves, releasing an album containing more than an hour of highly original and authentic psychedelic rock, reflecting their increased level of experience through more complex compositions and remarkable performances! Considering that they actually performed their music live to analog tape, with no technical assistance, it is easy to understand why they do not do multitrack recordings: They simply don’t need it, because they already sound splendid when performing live.

In preparation for the DSD release, we were discussing whether the processing with the equaliser should also be done for the DSD version or not. We realised it might be wise to leave this choice up to the individual user. Thus, the DSD release comes in two versions, the Raw version, and the Smooth version.

The Raw version is a more accurate documentation of the real event, whereas the Smooth version was the processed version, intended to maximise acceptance by a wider audience. It conforms better to norms of how things “should” sound rather than how things “do” sound. If you are curious about the difference between the “should” and real life, just compare the two versions and find out for yourself!

Note: The Raw version is exclusively available in the DSD format.

Naxatras is a hard psychedelic rock band from Greece, formed by John Vagenas, John Delias and Kostas Harizanis. They play a warm psychedelia full of fat grooves, dreamy melodies, heavy riffs and trippy guitar solos all with the vintage touch of the 70’s.

They have been  developing their sound since 2012, and finally recorded their first full-length album at Magnetic Fidelity, Jesus I. Agnew being their sound engineer and consultant, who contributed his in-depth knowledge of analog recording and the independent music industry. Only analog equipment was used in the recording/mixing/mastering stages of the album. Their debut album “LP”, which was released in 2015, became one of the best selling releases of their genre internationally and is already considered a classic. In 2016 they released their second full length album “II” as well as an EP, once more recorded fully analog and performed live.

The band has developed a reputation for high-energy live performances combining elements of psychedelic/progressive rock, stoner, funk, jazz and oriental music with a psychedelic video wall to accomplish full stimulation of the senses.

In summer 2015 they went on their first tour playing 5 countries in the Balkans. In summer 2016 and 2017 they toured all over Europe and the Balkans, as well as the Middle East, playing in more than 10 different countries and many festivals.

Additional information

Release Date September 21, 2020

Naxatras III [raw]

Label

SKU

NXTRSIII-R

Qualities

,

Channels

Artists

Genres

Analog Recording Equipment

Telefunken M15A, Variety of Microphone Pre-amplifiers, FWRL Spring Reverb Unit.

Cables

Variety of cables, including Van Damme OFC, Viper, Cordial, and custom wiring consisting of 99.99 % solid silver wires, along with gold plated connectors by Neutrik and some miscellaneous connectors by Amphenol and Switchcraft.

Digital Converters

Burr-Brown

Editing Software

none

Mastering Engineer

Jesus I. Agnew

Mastering Room

Magnetic Fidelity

Microphones

Various including models by AKG, Electrovoice, Lem, and Shure.

Mixing Board

Thermionic Culture Custom Green Fat Bustard.

Notes

The DSD release comes in two versions, the Raw version, and the Smooth version. The Raw version is a more accurate documentation of the real event, whereas the Smooth version was the processed version, intended to maximise acceptance by a wider audience. It conforms better to norms of how things "should" sound rather than how things "do" sound. If you are curious about the difference between the "should" and real life, just compare the two versions and find out for yourself!

The Raw version is exclusively available in the DSD format. 

Original Recording Format

Producer

Naxatras and J. I. Agnew

Recording Engineer

Jesus I. Agnew

Recording location

Magnetic Fidelity Live Room

Recording Software

ATR Magnetics 1/4" Master Tape, if this counts as software… :)

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 5.6MHz, original at 15 ips, CCIR eq, +25 dB over 185 nWb/m.

Speakers

Magnetovolt Full Range Monitoring System based on KEF drivers.

Release Date February 22, 2018

Naxatras III [smooth]

Label

SKU

NXTRSIII-S

Qualities

,

Channels

Artists

Genres

Analog Recording Equipment

Telefunken M15A, Manley Variable Mu Mastering Compressor/Limier, Manley Massive Passive Mastering Equalizer, Thermionic Custom Green Fat Bustard, Magnetovolt Sideways, Variety of Microphone Pre-amplifiers, FWRL Spring Reverb Unit.

Cables

Variety of cables, including Van Damme OFC, Viper, Cordial, and custom wiring consisting of 99.99 % solid silver wires, along with gold plated connectors by Neutrik and some miscellaneous connectors by Amphenol and Switchcraft.

Digital Converters

Burr-Brown.

Editing Software

none

Mastering Engineer

Jesus I. Agnew

Mastering Room

Magnetic Fidelity.

Microphones

Various including models by AKG, Electrovoice, Lem, and Shure.

Mixing Board

Thermionic Culture Custom Green Fat Bustard.

Notes

The DSD release comes in two versions, the Raw version, and the Smooth version. The Raw version is a more accurate documentation of the real event, whereas the Smooth version was the processed version, intended to maximise acceptance by a wider audience. It conforms better to norms of how things "should" sound rather than how things "do" sound. If you are curious about the difference between the "should" and real life, just compare the two versions and find out for yourself!

The Raw version is exclusively available in the DSD format. 

Original Recording Format

Producer

Naxatras and J. I. Agnew.

Recording Engineer

Jesus I. Agnew

Recording location

Magnetic Fidelity Live Room.

Recording Software

ATR Magnetics 1/4" Master Tape, if this counts as software… :)

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 5.6MHz, original at 15 ips, CCIR eq, +25 dB over 185 nWb/m.

Speakers

Magnetovolt Full Range Monitoring System based on KEF drivers.

Release Date February 22, 2018

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