[ProAudio] stereo perception through headphones

Jim Brown jim at audiosystemsgroup.com
Thu Jan 30 13:14:11 EST 2020

On 1/30/2020 12:14 PM, Jim Brown via ProAudio wrote:
> Well done recordings with spaced microphones hold up quite well in 
> headphones.

I should add that live stereo recordings of jazz big bands by Bert Whyte 
(1952), Wally Heider (1956-), John Gill (1959-), and Paul Pepin (1970) 
are like being in the room.

Details and CD references:

Stan Kenton "In Stereo at the Blue Note" is by Whyte on a staggered head 
Magnecorder with what sounds like a spaced pair of large diaphragm mics.

Heider's earliest seems to be "Live At the Macumba (Macumber on some CD 
issues) Club Vols 1 and 2," recorded Nov 7 and 8, 1956. CDs are Magic 
DAWE 50, 53  "Swinging in San Francisco (Yesteryear DSOY814) from Nov 3 
is mono.

Within a few years, Heider mostly made multi-mic panned recordings, with 
pairs of mics on sections, entire sections panned L or R. They sound 
fine on speakers or cans, but the earlier spaced mic recordings provide 
a far more exciting "in the room" experience.

I've accumulated an extensive collection of Wally's live recordings, as 
well as those by a few others who recorded the jazz big bands, and have 
generated a listing. I'd be happy to provide it to anyone interested.

Jim Brown

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