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Lol.

So, if the Martin 1987 mixes are being used on Help and Rubber Soul, does that mean they are being used as "true mono mixes" to replace fold-downs? If so, does that mean it will sound no better than the 1987 cd, or is it being remastered?

The Hoffman discussion has me confused. Are we really getting a set that will not have either quality stereo or quality mono due to limiting? Will it sound worse, not better than 2009?

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Expert Textpert said
Lol.

So, if the Martin 1987 mixes are being used on Help and Rubber Soul, does that mean they are being used as "true mono mixes" to replace fold-downs? If so, does that mean it will sound no better than the 1987 cd, or is it being remastered?

The Hoffman discussion has me confused. Are we really getting a set that will not have either quality stereo or quality mono due to limiting? Will it sound worse, not better than 2009?

Colour me confused as well.  I think the limiting is just to make the mono and stereo on each CD sound consistent in level.  I think the suggestion is remastering on those 2 CDs you mention and proper mono mixes.  Once again, all speculation based on rumour and one set of waveform diagrams.  9 days to go, will see if we hear more soon.

[EDIT]  A couple of tech types popped into the threads and explained why there is no problem mixing mono on a stereo machine and explained some of the artefacts on the waveform diagram - they exist on all versions.  I'm less worried now - plus iTunes previews will be up soon so I can listen for myself.

 

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That's good news. Let me know if you read anything else important.

Will do.  I tried asking SH himself but he advised he can't say 'for contractual reasons' - so he either has an early version or had something to do with the release.

 

Someone on Hoffman cleared something up for me--I see that the 1987 remixes for Help and Rubber Soul were used for the 2009 mono box.  So, there will be no inferior sounding tracks on the US box (as those sound fine to my ears).  The original mixes, I presume, are on the Capitol boxes released in the mid-2000's, which I already have.  Also, if you have the mono box, you have the 1965 stereo mixes of Help and Rubber Soul.  So, if you have the mono box and the Capitol boxes you have everything for those albums.  It is disappointing the original mixes were not included on the US Albums set, but I'm sure it will sound fine.

Also, I contacted amazon.ca regarding the delay in providing a shipment date, and they assured me they have notified the supplier of the number of preorders and there should be no issue.

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