7Ray - Jazzy Zoetrope: Studio & Live Recording
(180g Import 2LP)
A Pro-Ject Records Exclusive Release!
180g Double Vinyl!
AAA Production - Pure Analogue Recording, Mixing & Mastering!
Pressed at Pallas!
We (Pro-Ject Audio Systems) have always been dedicated to natural, acoustic music from a broad range of genres. The incomparable experience of great sound in the comfort of your own home continues to drive Pro-Ject Audio Systems, and our goal has been to spread this emotional experience to as many people as possible.
For nearly 30 years we have brought true Hi-Fi stereo at an affordable price to hundreds of thousands of customers - so they can enjoy that experience. But what about the available recordings?
From time-to-time we invite great musicians to perform in our company headquarters in Mistelbach, Austria. We have always been playing with the idea to record these sessions, but only using real analogue tape with reduced microphoning, captured live in true stereo with no compression or extensive editing - just live.
One of the problems with this idea is that very few musicians are willing or able to record in such an environment, where no cuts and corrections are possible. That's a lot of pressure for any recording artist. By pure coincidence and great luck, CEO Heinz Lichtenegger has learned that Austria's own 7RAY is not only a great singer and musician, but also a keen audiophile. So it was amazing to find that he was immediately enthusiastic about the idea.
Working with 7RAY we developed a concept to make both a special studio album (and by special, we mean special - learn more in the text), and a live recording direct from our company headquarters; giving you the ability to hear a direct comparison of recording styles.
Please enjoy this wonderful audiophile experiment and experience the true emotion of quality music!
Studio: Studio Baumgarten, a special analogue hotspot in Vienna, has produced multiple historical recordings since the 1960s. Due to the discrete analog technology and the large recording concert hall, equipped with a Boesendorfer Imperial grand piano (the largest Boesendorfer model, Grand 305 cm), the premises represent an exceptional recording situation for today's professionals. The old WSW recording console is a special part of the studio, as the signals are processed with transistor and vacuum tube technology.
Live Recording: No monitor speakers were used during the recording at the Pro-Ject Headquarters in order to guarantee an absolutely sound-neutral, dynamic live stereo image during live recording, as, with speakers in the recording room, there would be uncontrollable crosstalk and undesired interference, which would severely affect the quality of the recording. It nevertheless has the disadvantage that both, the vocal soloist, as well as the musicians, cannot hear themselves or just poorly. Hence, it requires a pronounced routine for a proper intonation and a confident performance.
Neumann U47 with modded capsule used at the Pro-ject Headquarters Live Recording: (additional image 1)
Neumann M49A used in „I remember you" at the Studio Baumgarten Studio Recording: (additional image 2)
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