Originally Posted by 8mile13
So all you need for ''tru'' MCH is Multitrack recordings?
that Multitrack recording started in the early sixties, so there must be a lot of multitrack material. Nevertheless lots of that stuff is recorded with stereo release in mind so one wonders about artistic integrity.
Originally, stereo (taken from the Greek and, in the vernacular, meaning three-dimensional) was a 3 track format. However, consumer audio products were not able to play back three channels, so they were down-mixed into 2 channels. Multi-track went from 4 to 8 to 16 to 24 (which I believe is the current standard in studio recordings, though I cannot say for certain). Those tracks were also down-mixed into 2 channel, into the 1970s, and beyond. In the 70s, quadrophonic releases (up to 4 discrete channels) emerged, but the necessary gear to play it back at home was cumbersome and expensive, not to mention a bit touchy, so it never really took off as format. With the advent of digital equipment, discrete MCH is easy to playback (any AVR in the past 10 years, and many from before that, is capable of playing a discrete MCH recording). Anyone with a home cinema setup with more than two speakers can get some form of MCH playback, though it really begins to shine with 4 channels or more.
The issue of "artistic integrity" doesn't enter into the bulk of multitrack recordings--the standard was 2ch because the gear limitations remained until the 90s. If an artist insists that there should be no MCH release of their work, that's their choice, but unless there are protests to the contrary, there is nothing that violates "artistic integrity" with MCH releases. Indeed, many of the artists (bands, solo acts, etc.) either participate in the making of the MCH mix or provide input and approval for them (one of the three box sets of Genesis albums released in MCH was delayed so that Peter Gabriel could review what had been done and give his approval--the others in the band were already on board--so one can hardly say "artistic integrity" is not respected). Conceptually, there is no difference between a re-release of music in MCH or in a remix of 2ch. Each of them is a remix of the original multi tracks and neither provides the same mix as the original. So far, I've heard people express a preference for the original (or for the remix), but not much about "violating artistic integrity" for offering different mixes (2ch or MCH). Besides, just about all MCH releases also include a 2ch version (the Blu-ray of The Yes Album offers a number of options--new 2ch mix, a MCH mix, the original 2ch mix, a "needle-drop" 24/96 capture of a UK vinyl pressing that has not been otherwise processed or EQ'd--plenty of choices for everybody).
If MCH releases of material that was initially released in 2ch was supplanting the original, rendering it unobtainable going forward, then complaints about "artistic integrity" might have some resonance and relevance. However, MCH releases supplement, rather than replace, originals--and I can see no downside to that whatsoever.