Do all recordings have a proper soundstage?

June 17, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

9 comments on “Do all recordings have a proper soundstage?”

  1. Indeed, most recordings show a most artificial & unnatural soundstage. Often there is a closely miked voice and an ensemble of musicians. The sound of the ensemble obviously has a lot more room reverb while the voice often gets some artificial (!) reverb from the mixing console. Awful! The most natural soundstage seems to be captured by one-point-recording or dummy-head-recording techniques. And old mono recordings never show any stage width! ๐Ÿ™‚ However often there is stage depth!

  2. Paul I’m glad you clarified that. We don’t want people to think unless every recording is behind the speakers that there is something wrong with their system or setup. If your system is putting every recording behind the speakers than something is wrong with your system or setup. Great systems just tell it like it is on the recording, they don’t alter the soundstage.

    1. I also don’t think every recording that comes forward is flawed. It might be as the recording engineer intended. Perfect example is Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love. Once you get halfway into the song and the drums, cymbals and Jimmy Pages sound effects begin the sound is thrust forward above and to the sides as if you have headphones on. I can even hear a surround effect as if sounds are coming behind me. Ted Nugent Stranglehold has a unique forward sound halfway into the song that was intended by the recording engineer. Sounds pretty cool.

  3. When I get my recording studio sat up all the way, I have quite a few goals that I want to achieve.
    And the mane one, is making recordings that sounds excellent anywhere on any system.
    I know, it’s a lot of hard work.
    But that’s ok, because I’m up to the task.
    Another goal that I want to achieve, is bringing everybody in to the know, about both DSD and SACD’s.
    And what they both have to bring to the table.
    Everybody knows about PCM and MP3.
    But do they know what they’re missing?
    When I first heard the sound of DSD, I was blown away by the sound of it.
    But that was just only one song!
    Long story short, I got hooked on it.
    I wander, what would happen, if the sound of DSD and SACD’s had that same affect on other people?
    And I’m not just talking about audiophiles here, I’m talking about people that have never heard live music before.
    And or, people that never heard a really well done recording before.
    PCM and MP3 are way over rated.
    Those are the people that don’t know what they’re missing.
    Because after all, how can you miss it, if you never heard it?

    1. John Price,
      So anyone who disagrees with you or points out when you are
      not being logical is either an idiot, ‘nuts’ or a bully in your mind?


      By the way, how’s your line of loudspeakers selling?

    2. I totally agree with you on SACD vs. RBCD. I have lots of both since some of the classical music I want is not recorded on SACD. Otherwise, I would avoid buying any RBCD, not for lack of soundstage, but for lack of sonics. SACD in DSD is far superior in quality of music over any of the CD’s I own.

  4. Great video and given my experience as a listener I cannot disagree with any of it.
    Nice work, Paul! Iโ€™m also so glad youโ€™re taking more of an interest in sound recordings these days.
    Being behind a mixing console makes one feel like a powerful emperor of sound! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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