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 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   jsmiley108   (Member)

As soon as I read: "Raine conducts the 75-piece City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in this new recording, produced by James Fitzpatrick and recorded at Prague’s Smecky Studios in stunning and dynamic digital sound..." I know it's going to sound like crap. The sound of all the recordings made at Smecky are always awful IMHO (doesn't sound too humble lol)

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 4:49 AM   
 By:   Membership Expired   (Member)

They sound fine to me.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I like the sound of their releases as well. I know some people find it a bit 'concert hall' sounding but that doesn't bother me, gives the music a fresh sound and clearly defines the instruments, in my opinion. That's what I would expect to hear in new recordings, as opposed to sounding like it was recorded in the 50s or 60s.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 5:10 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

I don't have any problem with the sound either.

In fact the Tadlow/Prometheus recordings are some of the most played cd's in my collection.



 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

While I think the recordings done here are very punchy and well-mixed, I will say I do wish they were more "lush" sounding - especially the strings.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 5:17 AM   
 By:   jsmiley108   (Member)

I think since those early Edel/Silva recordings (which I think used Smecky) I have always felt they always sounded "tinny" and too reverberant at the same time (which I didn't think would be possible lol).

A year or so ago I ordered True Grit, El Cid and something else (all Tadlow) and in the same order the expanded Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. I was listening to each recording (all the Tadlows first) and whilst I appreciated the effort that went into getting these scores recorded and the performances, I kept hearing that "tinny" sound. Then I put on the Mad Max and gloried in the sound in comparison.

Everytime I see it has been recorded in Smecky, I wish I hadn't bought the CD...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 5:30 AM   
 By:   Tadlow   (Member)

As soon as I read: "Raine conducts the 75-piece City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in this new recording, produced by James Fitzpatrick and recorded at Prague’s Smecky Studios in stunning and dynamic digital sound..." I know it's going to sound like crap. The sound of all the recordings made at Smecky are always awful IMHO (doesn't sound too humble lol)

I do think that "crap" is rather extreme! Having produced over 900 cds there I much prefer the dryer close miked studio sound we get to the over ambient concert hall type of sound, as this is much closer to the film soundstage vibe! But fortunately what is crap to you is superb to others judging by the numerous awards, fab reviews but more importantly the hundreds of letters, emails etc of praise I have received. So I might be a producer of crap but some people like it!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

So I might be a producer of crap but some people like it!


To be fair, he didn't say it was crap. He said it sounded like crap. I'm sure there's a difference.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

So I might be a producer of crap but some people like it!


To be fair, he didn't say it was crap. He said it sounded like crap. I'm sure there's a difference.


That reminds me of Hitchcock on actors and cattle.

I love the sound of the newer Tadlow recordings.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Curious, was Villa Rides recorded there? It has a very strange sound quality that I didn't like but I have no problem with other Tadlow releases.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Cool story, bro.

I think the the 'Zulu' album is one of the best damn sounding recordings ever. The dynamics on The Tamarind Seed are exemplary.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

The sound of all the recordings made at Smecky are always awful IMHO (doesn't sound too humble lol)

That's because, being down under, you listen to them upside-down. wink

The Smecky recordings are superb.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   Tadlow   (Member)

Curious, was Villa Rides recorded there? It has a very strange sound quality that I didn't like but I have no problem with other Tadlow releases.

Yes Villa was recorded in Smecky....but I did mix it in a different way because of all the live percussion...10 players...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   Tadlow   (Member)

Curious, was Villa Rides recorded there? It has a very strange sound quality that I didn't like but I have no problem with other Tadlow releases.

Yes Villa was recorded in Smecky....but I did mix it in a different way because of all the live percussion...10 players...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   jsmiley108   (Member)

Actually George Komar, we hear everything in reverse in the Southern Hemisphere lol

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

I love Tadlow releases as they are - just keep 'em coming!

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Different people have different preferences about how they like an orchestra to sound. Thus classical music enthusiasts each have a favorite few orchestras that they prefer to listen to. Sometimes this changes depending on the composer whose music is being recorded. I like some recordings Tadlow does more than others but I wouldn't say they do a poor job. They provide samples for a reason. If you don't like how something sounds then save your money for something else.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   mortenbond   (Member)

I own a lot of the Tadlow scores, and really like them. it is great to have real orchestras doing cover versions, which is not in vogue as much it was during the 60s, 70s and 80s. I hope they do a lot more stuff, especially Barry scores. Even though Mister Moses is a slow burner, I am sure it will sell well. Should they do a Moonraker, Octopussy, A View To a Kill or The Man With The Golden Gun, it would certainly sell more than any Jarre, Rosza or Goldsmith. Tell me I`m wrong Tadlow!!!

Having said that I have one little gripe. Sometimes the brass, especially the trumpets, muted or not can get a bit shrill, almost squeaky. They are not lush, as Barry`s brass always is. I like the strings, flutes and the timpani very much. Anyone else hving the same feeling about the brass?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

Just an interesting note for those not familiar with the city of Prague - the Smecky street, next to the discussed music studio, is especially famous as the local red district (much to the locals' chagrin).

And for those wondering - it is correctly pronounced as "sme-tch-k-y" (the final "y" as in "only" etc.).

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Prague always comes across sounding - uh - - - - -humid.

 
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