The Visual Sound: Sound Liaison Jazz Music Sampler

Various Artists

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Original Recording Format: DXD

The Visual Sound – The Sound Liaison Jazz Sampler features tracks from 10 of the label’s top Jazz recordings, made live with a studio audience.  All 10 albums are also available at the NativeDSD Music store and are recommended if you want to take your DSD or DXD Jazz collection to the next level.

With our new sampler recording engineer Frans de Rond is proving once again that his knowledge of microphone placement and use of equipment is in a class of his own. He is able to create a sound stage, that projects an almost visual image of the musicians.  A sound stage that is intimate but also has depth and space. The sound on the recordings presented here is like a three dimensional Van Gogh painting, where you can step in and take a look around.

All the albums were recorded in the legendary MCO Studio 2 in the building of the Dutch BroadCasting company. The studio has a deep warm sound with a beautiful natural decay, perfect for chamber music and jazz ensembles. MCO Studio 2 has remained in its original form since it was built in 1929.

Together with Abbey Road, it is one of the oldest recording studios in the world.

— Sound Liaison

Tracklist

1.
It's Only Love
06:04
2.
Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour
04:15
3.
Summertime
05:46
4.
Losing Hand
05:25
5.
Ain't No Sunshine
04:51
6.
The Duke
04:38
7.
Born To Be Blue
05:32
8.
Basin Street Blues
07:05
9.
The Fool On The Hill
01:57
10.
Cold Duck Time
05:23

Total time: 00:50:56

Additional information

Label

SKU

SL1036A

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Digital Converters

Horus, Merging Technologies

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Frans de Rond (DXD), Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Lab (DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64)

Microphone Preamp

Horus, Merging Technologies

Notes

Stereo DSD editions of the album (up to DSD 512) were created from the Stereo DXD master by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab using the Merging Technologies "MICO" modulators (DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64) and the Signalyst HQ Player 4 Professional "EC" modulators (DSD 512) for your musical enjoyment.

Original Recording Format

Piano Tuning

Naomi van Schoot

Producer

Peter Bjørnild

Recording Engineer

Frans de Rond

Recording Location

MCO Studio 2, Hilversum the Netherlands

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Release Date November 14, 2019

Press reviews

AudioXpress

There are some audio enthusiasts who claim that high-resolution digital recordings offer no audible improvement over conventional Red Book CDs. I could not disagree more.

But what about 96 kHz PCM vs. DXD at 352.8 kHz? I found the 96 kHz PCM files to be excellent, but by comparison the DXD 352.8 kHz originals have a bit more air and space in the sound, even with my OPPO player down-sampling them to 176.4 kHz.

The DSD comparisons are interesting. I found the DSD files to be a bit “warmer”, but I could not help wondering if there’s some sort of euphonic coloration going in the conversion process. At times, I felt that the DSD files had a slightly larger and more precise stereo image. That may seem strange, but I can only report what I heard. It’s possible that my reactions to the warmth and the imaging are due to the simpler analog filtering in DSD playback.

Sound Liason’s DXD sampler, The Visual Sound, offers some of the most realistic sounding recordings I’ve heard, in enjoyable selections performed by excellent musicians. Most of the music on this sampler is decidedly laid-back, and audiophiles looking for an in-your-face sonic spectacular will likely miss the point.

For engineer Frans de Rond and the excellent musicians heard on these recordings, it’s all about subtlety and refinement. Musically perceptive listeners will appreciate the efforts of all involved in making these fine recordings.

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