12th May 2016
MUSIC CLUB Dire Straits 'Love over Gold' & Mark Knopfler 'Tracker'
A rare opportunity to compare vinyl with hi-res digital on a world class hi-fi system.
6pm for 6.30pm start. 7.30 to 8pm finish.
Despite over 2 years of the Music Club ...
... we've never played any Dire Straits albums.
Even though they were always very well recorded & sold 120 million copies!
So for a change we will be playing one side of LOVE OVER GOLD on vinyl.
And then 6 tracks from the new Mark Knopfler album TRACKER using Hi-Res digital files.
Mark is of course the founder, lead guitarist, lead singer and songwriter of Dire Straits. And 10 years ago created Grove Studios where all his albums are now recorded.
10% off any LPs bought on the night - we now have over 150 audiophile titles
Vinyl and Streaming
We will play the album on world class equipment. A rare chance to have some fun and compare sources with a great album. So do join us for a drink and a listen.
Side 1 - Vinyl LP
Side 2 - Hi-Res Streamed
Vinyl LP. The LP is the limited edition 2010 remaster using the original analogue tapes, by Bernie Grundman, and pressed at Pallas in Germany. LOVE OVER GOLD was the last Dire Straits album to be recorded completely in analogue. The studio used 30ips 2in tape recorders - the best there is.
Hi-Res Digital. The high resolution digital is a 24Bit/96kHz FLAC file - the original resolution used in the studio for the recording of TRACKER. An album painstakingly recorded - taking about a year in the studio.
Mark Knopfler's Grove Studio complex ...
... is one of very few large studios in the world to have been constructed in recent years.
As well as recording all Mark's work & winning a significant amount of scoring and mixing work, Grove has built up an impressive client list which includes, amongst others, artists such as Nick Cave, U2, Roger Waters, Sting, Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs, Jamie Cullum and Goldfrapp.
Mark, and producer Guy Fletcher, spend the time at Grove Studios playing, recording, experimenting, sound-searching, and generally having fun as a consequence of a relatively unrestricted time frame. The songs are ‘mixed down’ to multiple formats and then it's decided which is the best sounding (for the song).
The other thing that is relatively unusual with the TRACKER album is the extremely minimal use of EQ, in software or hardware form. Unnecessary circuitry has been avoided at all costs and as a result it is more ‘open’ sounding. To quote Guy Fletcher ‘if it doesn’t desperately need equalization, don’t apply it’. So extra time spent choosing microphone and amp combinations has resulted in recordings which need no ‘fixing in the mix’.