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    Default Decca Sound of the 50s & 60s

    An interesting article on the justly famous Decca Sound

    http://www.polymathperspective.com/?p=2484

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    Interesting. Thanks for sharing it

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    Very interesting, many thanks

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    Thank you very much--a great read. To my ears, those early Decca recordings, even in the early 70s, achieved a far more natural sound with just 3-5 mics than more recent ones with veritable forests of mics--nearly one per instrument these days!

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    Another informative Michael Gray page, though more difficult to scroll.

    http://deccasound.com/decca-sound-evolution.php

    The Decca/EMI no poaching agreement didn't stop one Decca sound man (Erik Smith, 1967) from moving to Philips.


    Other stuff. Gearslutz is a good place to roam around, picking up conversations of sound men. One link, Wilkinson Legacy...

    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/remo...-legacy-3.html
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    Decca/London always had the best pressings in the LP days too. Much better than Philips or EMI/Angel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    Decca/London always had the best pressings in the LP days too. Much better than Philips or EMI/Angel.
    Not to mention those horrible CBS recordings

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    Decca/London always had the best pressings in the LP days too. Much better than Philips or EMI/Angel.
    Hmm, that wasn't my experience. EMI and RCA were always the worse, and Columbia was bad too. I used to prize Phillips and DG for their great silent surfaces. Decca was a notch below them but way above the others
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    Philips had silent surfaces, but at the expense of high frequencies. I think Philips might have lightly polished their metal parts.

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    More on the birth of theDecca Sound from the Arsc Journal

    http://www.arsc-audio.org/journals/v18/v18n1-3p4-19.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eramirez156 View Post
    More on the birth of theDecca Sound from the Arsc Journal

    http://www.arsc-audio.org/journals/v18/v18n1-3p4-19.pdf


    A lot of reading to do today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Hmm, that wasn't my experience. EMI and RCA were always the worse, and Columbia was bad too. I used to prize Phillips and DG for their great silent surfaces. Decca was a notch below them but way above the others
    the early stereo emi and rca (pressed by decca) were top notch - so were the columbia (UK columbia)
    philips in the 50 and 60s was poor - but improved no end in the 70s 80s.

    dg was never much good - a pity as they had some of the best artists.

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