About the Recording
The recording was made at the Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio,
in Bratislava, Slovakia, from March 13 through March 20, 2000.
The technical production team was R.E.C.: Producer Milos Betko,
mixing engineer Otto Nopp, and editor Ladislav Krajcovic.
The main microphones were a pair of Neumann U-87ís, modified by
Stephen Paul Audio of Burbank, California with 1.0 micron (as
compared to 7.0 micron of the stock version) Mylar
diaphragms deposited with an ultra-light layer of proprietary alloy.
Additional stock U-87ís and Schoeps MK-4ís were employed as spot
mikes, and the combined audio signals were fed into
analog-to-digital converters by Apogee Electronics of Santa Monica,
California for a high definition recording in
24-bit word length and 96-kHz sampling rate. Apogeeís UV22HR
High Resolution CD Encoding was used in the CD mastering process.
is highly interested in releasing this recording eventually also on
DVD-Audio or another high-resolution format, through which the
consumers can finally experience the full potentials of our master
recording. However, it may be some time yet for demand to mount
sufficiently (not only for the format, but also more basically for
this recording) to justify making this plan a reality.
As an interim solution, we are offering a limited edition of
analog cassettes of this recording, duplicated on TDK metal tape in
real-time on Nakamichi BX-300 discrete three-head deck directly
from the 24-bit/96-kHz master, with input and bias levels
meticulously tweaked. Other than the presence of a nominal tape
hiss, the cassette version, played back on the Nakamichi, actually
sounds much closer to the high-definition master than it does to the CD
version. The cassette is available only as a special order item
directly from us. Please write to us at info@CassandraRecords.com
for further inquiry.