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RGibran
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LOW END THEORY

An especially great find, of the many available (legally free download) recordings at Archive.org.

Comprised of three trombones, trumpet, bass trombone, keyboard, bass and drums, these guys know how to kick down some serious low-end brass through their powerful section of in-your-face trombones.

A live CD quality matrix recording from their gig at 12 Galaxies in San Francisco.

The recording is outstanding with seemingly high dynamic range. Perhaps we can get our fellow forum member who is out standing in his field to run it through all that fancy software and give some feedback. Perhaps a bit too close mike

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Re: LOW END THEORY

Fun stuff.

I downloaded four tracks and took a look. They have a great dynamic range, with a crest factor of about 17 dB to 21+dB depending on the track.

The right channel is always about 3dB hotter and has about 3dB less dynamic range as it has been limited/clipped. That is, the right channel gets up to -0.198dBFS and then is cropped. You can hear the difference in sound quality between the channels in the loud sections; the trombones' sound changes and some of the life is gone.

But it still sounds good and the quieter sections have lots of quick fun dynamics in them. Listen to the keyboard in particular - there are all sorts of notes that stick out from the background texture - just like a live performance.

Nice find!

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Re: LOW END THEORY

Elk,

I must say I was a bit concerned when after I posted this I was reminded you were a horn player and a good majority of your recording projects are focused on trying to get small brass ensembles to sound right. A la natural immediately came to mind and I said

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It was indeed fun to take a look, including using the FLAC frontend to decode flc files to wave so that I could load them. I can open something like 40 audio formats, including lots of compressed, but FLAC is non-native for my platform. The options never end.

The band is great fun; energetic, creative, great chops.

They must be quite an experience live. Trombones have a large dynamic range and are the loudest orchestral instrument (up to 115 dB at about three feet as I recall). Unamplified multiple trombones at full tilt in a club setting would really flatten your ears in a most delicious way!

I hope others take a listen.

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