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Classical Music 5.1 Surround Sound Download

After 30+ years as a semi-pro musician and audio engineer/producer, this is my first time with a surround system (and I'm looking forward to doing some surround mixes!) - I've dug through my collection found that I have more surround audio that I knew I had on deluxe edition albums etc.

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If you are into classical music, I found it much cheaper to buy SACD's from taking advantage of certain sales on labels such as BIS & Chandos, than I would have paid for downloads.BTW, one of my recording engineering heroes is Tom Jung of DMP, and I just found this quote on the Stereophile website:"But I think that acoustic music really benefits from surround, even in the audiophile sense. I think there's a lot more information that can be put on the recording that puts you more in the venue where the music was performed. And that all goes back to my original goal. I think surround is totally valid... What I like to do is put the listener in the room; not just throw ambience in the back, but actually let the stage wrap outside the speakers a little bit and start toward the back." -jung-i-want-more

I would like to say thanks to Immersive Audio Album for making these multichannel recordings available. There are a few other companies that I can use for classical music downloads (5.1 FLAC), but pickings are slim for Australian residents especially for rock or progressive rock.

Yes! Downloading immersive audio music is a great way to build a music collection while remaining unbeholden to streaming platforms. For audiophiles, downloads are the best way to ensure the highest quality files. IAA offers immersive audio music downloads for purchase in our shop.

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Until the end of 2014 he worked in radio for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and his many years of professional experience as a sound engineer includes classical music recording (concert and studio), audio art, radio drama, documentary features, digital post-production, music editing and mastering, as well as on-air presentation, website, database and systems development.

Back in the 1970s when I was a teenager just getting into music I remember hearing some recordings by Japanese synthesizer wizard, composer and arranger Isao Tomita and being simultaneously impressed and underwhelmed. The latter I attribute to my having been getting deeply into progressive rock and Frank Zappa in particular. I was already dipping my toes into the classical universe of artists who influenced Zappa such as Edgar Varese and Igor Stravinsky

Welcome to the complimentary download area brought to you by 2L and Weiss Engineering. We invite you to download high resolution files for free and play them on your Weiss equipment. The music has been recorded in DXD (352.8 kHz sampling rate) and subsequently converted to 192kHz / 24Bit using the Weiss Saracon Sampling Rate Converter software.

The traditional way to illuminate and enhance an identity is to define the borders to operate within. This Norwegian label has chosen a different path as the products are developed without fences, originating from classical European art music and traditional folk music, recognizing the fundamental values of musical performances and excellent sound production.

It's never too late to uncover original music. Such a reward is always worth the wait. 2L is proving precisely that. Lindberg Lyd AS is the full name. Lyd, in Norwegian, means audio, or sound. The young founder Morten Lindberg was born in 1970. While still in the recording academy, he already got a head start by moonlighting in recording studios. He got the leverage from his classical music training, trumpet and choral. While most of his classmates were just preparing themselves to work in pop music industry, Morten was gaining experience and earning references from classical musicians and recording in churches and concert halls. One year after graduation, he already had accrued 45 recordings to his credit, and contributed to The Grieg Edition, awarded MIDEM Classical Award - Best Special Project in 1994.

In the classical music world, 2L is still a young label. But the team definitely has a musical edge since all the players are both keen musicians and engineers. Jørn Simenstad, a trumpet player and leading performer of traditional Norwegian instruments, is the main editor and classical/folk producer. Hans Peter L'Orange is the head of engineering. Wolfgang Plagge is composer, pianist and producer. Ståle Hebæk Ødegården is classical/pop/rock pianist with a keen ear for microphone setting and balancing. Lindberg Lyd was nominated for the American GRAMMY-award 2006 for their production of Immortal NYSTEDT (2L29SACD) in categories "Best Surround Sound Album" and "Best Choral Performance".

The core quality of audio production is made by choosing the venue for the repertoire and balancing the image in the placement of microphones and musicians. Lindberg Lyd travels all over Scandinavia for the right cathedral or chapel. However, it is the team's attitude to surround sound, which they started working seriously in 2000, that puts them in a completely different league from most multi channel classical engineers. They're not scared to experiment and to put the listener in the thick of the music rather than in a seat at one end of the hall. They've made recordings with the orchestra in the front and the choir behind and the musical results are remarkable. Planning and discussions with the musicians create trust and a sense of occasion and excitement that translates onto the recordings. "The tools we have even with a good surround set up is not a perfect way to bring an audience to the concert hall; we still have to work the art of illusions," says Morten Lindberg. "This is one of the ways to do that - to bring the listener into the music and in among the musicians to be a part of it." That's not to say that they won't record in a more traditional surround format but they allow the venue, repertoire and musicians to suggest a configuration to them. It's a healthy attitude towards multi channel that doesn't hide behind the usual excuses of worrying about integrity of listener's loudspeaker layout. They're recording surround for those who want to listen in surround and the stereo layer of the hybrid disc is there for those who don't.

Lindberg Lyd has been passionate about Super Audio CD and since the year 2000 has been making serious investment in the new format through advanced equipment and pioneering technology like DXD. (Details of equipment list could be found on Their approach is somehow different from the others. They would not shy away from using the surround channels to their full potential, dedicated to actual instruments or vocal parts instead of just the ambience. The music seems to be more engaging and more involving, putting the listener right in the centre of music making. Most multi-channel projects are all discrete 5-channel recordings employing five microphones and five recording tracks (sometimes augmented with back up or fill in microphones and tracks). Depending on the repertoire and the recording venue, but whenever possible, they would avoid cardioid microphones that have narrow directional characteristics. In the recording of Mozart's concertos for violin and orchestra (2L38 SACD) the members of the orchestra formed a circle, with the five microphones set up in the middle. That places the listener into the position of the conductor. Vibrancy is in the air. Tone of the instruments is vividly natural. The Gregorian Chant recording by Consortium Vocale Oslo [2L43SACD] also conjures lifelike presence without exaggerating hi-fi excitement. Both these titles are DXD processing. The result is sonic quality that exemplifies high definition and fine, smooth texture. "Working on the cutting edge of audio would not have been possible without a close and intense cooperation with Merging Technologies, DPA microphones, Digital Audio Denmark, Steinway & Sons and generously open minded musicians."

So what is DXD? As we know, SACD has adopted a digital processing called DSD, Direct Stream Digital, or more technically correct, DSD64. That means, based on the Red Book specified 44.1 kHz sampling frequency, the data stream will go through a 1-bit/64 times over-sampling process to achieve an audio date rate of 2.8224 Mbit/s. DSD signals further require a noise shaping process to sustain the dynamic range of 120 dB within the primary bandwidth of 20 Hz - 20 kHz but that causes the noise spectrum to increase above 22 kHz. One obvious solution is the process known as DSD128, which increases resolution to wider bandwidth by doubling the over-sampling rate to 1-bit/128 times. The down side is that the data size would also be doubled and would require large media storage, rendering it impractical for commercial applications. Digital eXtreme Definition is a professional audio format that brings "analogue" qualities in 32 bit floating point at 352.8 kHz. DXD preserves 11.2896 Mbit/s (4 times the data of DSD). This leaves headroom for editing and balancing before quantizing to DSD. Super Audio CD is the carrier that brings the pure quality to the domestic audience, supporting high resolution sound in multi channel. The disc still looks like a CD and is totally compatible with conventional CD players and computers. Presence and participation are the magic words for future listeners. Surround sound brings the listener to the very centre of the audio experience. The signal path is as simple and short as it is technically advanced and the company has devised a formula for the recordings, which Lindberg Lyd describe as: "Fantastic musicians and adventurous music in a beautiful venue!" 350c69d7ab


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