What is the latest music you downloaded, what resolution and from where?

With more music being downloaded I thought it might be interesting to see what forum members are buying and from where. 

 

The news that HD Tracks are soon to open an online UK store means that more choice is going to be available to us. The variety and quality of downloadable music we can choose from is expanding, MP3 to 24bit studio Masters at 192kHz and beyond.

 

So what are you buying and downloading?

 

 

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The velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground. In my Lou Reed mourning period I realised that I did not have a digital copy of this pivotal album and HDTracks were doing a special offer. 

 

Is HDTracks opening a UK store actually going to result in more choice? If an album is not available in the UK from the .com site will it suddenly become available from the .co.uk site? That kind of puts the kibosh on the assertion that it's to do with rights and licensing and perhaps brings the real reason into focus - that they can charge £20 for a $20 album. I suppose that at this stage there's no harm in hoping for something better.

 

Just got this one from the Sound Liaison Site.(soundliaison.com) Must be brand new, because when I checked the site, this Sunday it was not on yet.

Incredible beautiful and well recorded album. The opening tune, Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion, is so intense and lush, instant goose bumps.Actually sets the mood for the whole album.

Andre Heuvelman is a fantastic trumpet player, I don't recall ever hearing a trumpet sound that beautiful. And I am a big trumpet fan, I got pratically all Miles, Clifford,Chet and Wynton's recordings, this album has a more classical approach, but never the less I find Mr. Heuvelman whom I had never heard of before, up there with Wynton Marsalis. I actually think that Andre Heuvelman has a more beutiful tone.

The Sound Stage is, just as the other albums from this exquisite little company, deep, lush and with  a beautiful decay. It might even be Sound Liaison's best Sounding album, which is quite an achievement since their other albums were already in a class of their own.

 

 

Originally Posted by k:

 

Just got this one from the Sound Liaison Site.(soundliaison.com) Must be brand new, because when I checked the site, this Sunday it was not on yet.

Incredible beautiful and well recorded album. The opening tune, Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion, is so intense and lush, instant goose bumps.Actually sets the mood for the whole album.

Andre Heuvelman is a fantastic trumpet player, I don't recall ever hearing a trumpet sound that beautiful. And I am a big trumpet fan, I got pratically all Miles, Clifford,Chet and Wynton's recordings, this album has a more classical approach, but never the less I find Mr. Heuvelman whom I had never heard of before, up there with Wynton Marsalis. I actually think that Andre Heuvelman has a more beutiful tone.

The Sound Stage is, just as the other albums from this exquisite little company, deep, lush and with  a beautiful decay. It might even be Sound Liaison's best Sounding album, which is quite an achievement since their other albums were already in a class of their own.

 

 

Thanks for a great description k. It has tempted me to try and find somewhere to get a listen to it. I'll try the site you downloaded it from first. 

 

Steve

Downloaded a 24/192 FLAC version of Eagles' Hotel California from Highresaudio.de yesterday.  At £18 I thought it a bit expensive but it is definitely better than my CD version.  The bass guitar and kick drums in particular have much more weight and better resolution.

 

Using downloaded music for me is a bit clunky as I have to transfer the files to a USB stick for popping into my nDAC but I'll probably use this site again.  

Originally Posted by MDS:

Downloaded a 24/192 FLAC version of Eagles' Hotel California from Highresaudio.de yesterday.  At £18 I thought it a bit expensive but it is definitely better than my CD version.  The bass guitar and kick drums in particular have much more weight and better resolution.

 

Using downloaded music for me is a bit clunky as I have to transfer the files to a USB stick for popping into my nDAC but I'll probably use this site again.  

Qobuz definitely cheaper if you are looking for others- think I paid €15.99.

 

G

Originally Posted by GraemeH:
Originally Posted by MDS:

Downloaded a 24/192 FLAC version of Eagles' Hotel California from Highresaudio.de yesterday.  At £18 I thought it a bit expensive but it is definitely better than my CD version.  The bass guitar and kick drums in particular have much more weight and better resolution.

 

Using downloaded music for me is a bit clunky as I have to transfer the files to a USB stick for popping into my nDAC but I'll probably use this site again.  

Qobuz definitely cheaper if you are looking for others- think I paid €15.99.

 

G

Thanks, Graeme. Will have a browse at the Qobuz site.  I'm a newbie at this downloading lark. 

Originally Posted by k:

 

Just got this one from the Sound Liaison Site.(soundliaison.com) Must be brand new, because when I checked the site, this Sunday it was not on yet.

Incredible beautiful and well recorded album. The opening tune, Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion, is so intense and lush, instant goose bumps.Actually sets the mood for the whole album.

Andre Heuvelman is a fantastic trumpet player, I don't recall ever hearing a trumpet sound that beautiful. And I am a big trumpet fan, I got pratically all Miles, Clifford,Chet and Wynton's recordings, this album has a more classical approach, but never the less I find Mr. Heuvelman whom I had never heard of before, up there with Wynton Marsalis. I actually think that Andre Heuvelman has a more beutiful tone.

The Sound Stage is, just as the other albums from this exquisite little company, deep, lush and with  a beautiful decay. It might even be Sound Liaison's best Sounding album, which is quite an achievement since their other albums were already in a class of their own.

 

 

I have bought this one too. It is a 24/88.2  Studio Master Download Wav file.

Incredible well recorded and the playing is top notch.And yes ''Oblivion'' is fantastic, but my favorite is ''Incontro'' with the gorgeous cello introduction.

 Mr Heuvelmann is a thinking artist, I really like his own comments on the music of the album;

"Sometimes you find what you are not looking for and that is especially true for the music on this album. The music on After Silence crossed my path, by meeting people or visiting places, events taking place or just materializing in my mind, but the one unifying factor for all 11 compositions is that they appeared after a moment of silence. 
Silence is the most important part of my music making. 
Silence is there, foregoing every first note I play. 
Silence being the place for inspiration. 
Silence which lets me start each piece of music as a child hearing it for the first time. 
Silence keeping me from automatically following the beaten path."...... Andre Heuvelman 

There is also a free track available for download on the Sound Liaison site from this album. 

 

 

I spoke with a representative from Qobuz at the Bristol show who said that it would be offering a high resolution download service in the UK from April. He also suggested a typical price of £13.

 

Greater choice and a lower price might stimulate more risk taking with what seems to me to be the variable quality of some of these high resolution (often compressed) downloads. It was interesting to note though that all material used in the Statement demo was simply 16bit, 44.1kHz CD rips.

 Just checked their website, they have dropped the price for full albums to 15€ (12.5 pound) and they have the Carmen Gomes album as Flac for 12€ (10 pound).
                                          Flac file
                                               
Originally Posted by migo:
Originally Posted by k:

 

Just got this one from the Sound Liaison Site.(soundliaison.com) Must be brand new, because when I checked the site, this Sunday it was not on yet.

Incredible beautiful and well recorded album. The opening tune, Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion, is so intense and lush, instant goose bumps.Actually sets the mood for the whole album.

Andre Heuvelman is a fantastic trumpet player, I don't recall ever hearing a trumpet sound that beautiful. And I am a big trumpet fan, I got pratically all Miles, Clifford,Chet and Wynton's recordings, this album has a more classical approach, but never the less I find Mr. Heuvelman whom I had never heard of before, up there with Wynton Marsalis. I actually think that Andre Heuvelman has a more beutiful tone.

The Sound Stage is, just as the other albums from this exquisite little company, deep, lush and with  a beautiful decay. It might even be Sound Liaison's best Sounding album, which is quite an achievement since their other albums were already in a class of their own.

 

 

I have bought this one too. It is a 24/88.2  Studio Master Download Wav file.

Incredible well recorded and the playing is top notch.And yes ''Oblivion'' is fantastic, but my favorite is ''Incontro'' with the gorgeous cello introduction.

 Mr Heuvelmann is a thinking artist, I really like his own comments on the music of the album;

"Sometimes you find what you are not looking for and that is especially true for the music on this album. The music on After Silence crossed my path, by meeting people or visiting places, events taking place or just materializing in my mind, but the one unifying factor for all 11 compositions is that they appeared after a moment of silence. 
Silence is the most important part of my music making. 
Silence is there, foregoing every first note I play. 
Silence being the place for inspiration. 
Silence which lets me start each piece of music as a child hearing it for the first time. 
Silence keeping me from automatically following the beaten path."...... Andre Heuvelman 

There is also a free track available for download on the Sound Liaison site from this album. 

 

 

 

Neil Cowley 3:Touch and Flee ( naimlabel.com ) Wav 24/96

Touch and Flee is the new recording from Neil Cowley Trio, and marks a defining moment in the evolution of the band. It is their most daring album to date, spotlighting the ever- increasing brilliance of Cowley as a composer. With band mates Evan Jenkins on drums and Rex Horan on bass, they jump into new territory to present what they describe as "our concert hall record" for an altogether deeper listening journey.

and Batik; The Old Man and the Sea ( soundliaison.com ) WAV 24/96

The 9 pieces of music were performed live in the studio in front of a select audience.The musicians were placed in front of a stereo pair of microphones with additional spot microphones on each instrument. The musicians were playing without headphones, the reason being that we believe that when we get the musicians to play together in the same room, without headphones, it creates a number of musical and technical benefits:

As they are not ''separated'' by the headphones, the musicians, in order to hear each other are forced to create a natural and musical balance, a balance which is then easily captured by the main stereo pair of microphones. Because of the natural and musical balance the need for compression to control levels is no longer necessary. Since everybody is in the same room, the boxed sound which is so common in many modern recordings is absent and the sound of the room helps ''glue'' the sound of the recording.

Couple I expect will be unusual on this forum, but perhaps they'll make sense to some.

 

Chopin Nocturnes & Ballades, played by Ashkenazy, from Universal, 16bit ALAC:

 


 

Some superb, fairly underground electronic stuff, the Black Mirror EP by Broken Note.  Bonus points for using a sample from the film Network so well at the start.  16bit ALAC from Ad Noiseam:

 

 

And my own new album, 320kbps mp3 via Haulix (press/preview download service):

 

 

 

 

 

I download a lot of stuff from eClassical, just compare their prices to Amazon!  They have a 'daily deal' which is often irresistible and have 24bit downloads available too.

 

They sell the BIS catalogue but have been adding other labels to their product list, for example Harmonia Mundi, Naxos,...

 

The BIS catalogue is an excellent catalogue of classical music, very good recordings but some stuff you may not have considered in the past.  Harmonia Mundi is a name that speaks for itself.

 

The last download I purchased from them was Aho's 10th symphony, a massive, massive, massive piece of music.  I find it completely mind-blowing, like being back at University again.   Before that was the album 'Satie & compagnie' by the French pianist Anne Queffélec on the Mirare label (a new one on me).  I love French piano music from the late 19th/early 20th centuries and this album is superb.

 

 

Give them a try, the daily deal is usually around 5-6US$ for a BIS (usually) 16/44 download, they accept cards and Paypal.

 

I must add that I have nothing to do with eClassical, I am just a satisfied customer.

Originally Posted by Stevee_S:

With more music being downloaded I thought it might be interesting to see what forum members are buying and from where. 

 

The news that HD Tracks are soon to open an online UK store means that more choice is going to be available to us. The variety and quality of downloadable music we can choose from is expanding, MP3 to 24bit studio Masters at 192kHz and beyond.

 

So what are you buying and downloading?

 

 

 

Power To The People - The Hits

John Lennon

24 bit / 44.1

 

Qobuz

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