Pro-Ject’s 7RAY double LP is recommended for true audiophiles!
February 11, 2020
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What better way to celebrate the listening experience than a live jazz concept album recorded on analogue tape? Our fav company for all things hi-fi, Pro-Ject, has launched an album to demonstrate the qualities of top analogue recording equipment.

Created under the Pro-Ject Records Label, Jazzy Zoetrope is a 180g double LP featuring Austrian musician and audiophile 7RAY, along with jazz trio Triple Ace and Simon Plötzenede on trumpet.

The live studio album was recorded in true stereo at Pro-Ject’s HQ in Austria, onto analogue tape with reduced microphoning to capture the live performance as faithfully as possible, with no compression or extensive editing.

Production and Recording

Studio Baumgarten, a special analogue hotspot in Vienna, has produced multiple historical recordings since the 1960s. Due to the discrete analog technology and the large recording concert hall, equipped with a Boesendorfer Imperial grand piano (the largest Boesendorfer model, Grand 305 cm), the premises represent an exceptional recording situation for today‘s professionals. The entire recording chain was entirely kept in analogue – from beginning to end. No additional compressors or limiters were used in the entire production process. This is putting all the more weight on the finely tuned microphone placement and choice, where some of the finest vintage (tube) microphones were used. Amongst them the classic Neumann U47 and m49a microphones.

The original dynamics are intact, only gently smoothed by the tape it was recorded on and the microphone and preamp characteristics themselves. This creates a beautiful, tender and pure atmosphere, taking you directly to the heart of the music.

The performance was directly recorded to an Otari 8-track tape machine via an old refurbished Acousta mixing desk without any editing. This requires artists who are absolute virtuosos at their respective instruments and are comfortable in this type of recording situation.

Recording at Studio Baumgarten

In the studio, the 8-track recording was carefully mixed down to 2-track on Studer tape machines and a CADAC studio console from 1974. Again, the mixing and mastering was kept 100% analogue.

At the Pro-Ject Headquarters, no monitor speakers were used during the recording in order to guarantee an absolutely sound-neutral, dynamic live stereo image during live recording, as, with speakers in the recording room, there would be uncontrollable crosstalk and undesired interference, which would severely affect the quality of the recording.

The 180g vinyl LP‘s are handmade in Austria by austro vinyl, ensuring that nothing of the recording is lost during the transfer from tape to vinyl. Direct Master Tape copies are also available and are being made in a strictly controlled 1:1 copy process on carefully maintained Studer tape machines using archive quality studio-tape.

The tracklist for Jazzy Zoetrope is as follows:

Studio Recording: Side A

  1. Night And Day
  2. Fly Me To The Moon
  3. One For My Baby
  4. It Was A Good Year

Studio Recording: Side B

  1. I’ve Been Missing You
  2. My Baby Just Cares For Me
  3. Send In The Clowns
  4. Nature Boy
  5. I Remember You

Live Recording: Side C

  1. Nature Boy
  2. A Foggy Day
  3. I’ve Got you Under My Skin
  4. I’ve Been Missing You

Live Recording: Side D

  1. Blue Moon
  2. My Baby Just Cares For Me
  3. Lady Is A Tramp
  4. One For My Baby

Jazzy Zoetrope from the Pro-Ject Records Label is available on vinyl for £35 as pressed by Austrovinyl or as a ¼-inch SM468 master tape for £445 on two 10.5in NAB metal reels in 15ips speed, CCIR equalised. Find out how you can get a copy here

 

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He is a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016. and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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