Originally Posted by Nuance
Jim and Dennis both wanted "Fanfare for the Common Man." They also recommended "Chant" by Fourplay and "Jazz Variants" by The Ozone Percussion Group, and it just so happens those are two tracks I had already wanted so it worked out well.
That's funny because it's one of my main test tracks as well as TAPP's Sirius... Also various Kraftwerk tracks like Aero Dynamik
and some Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder like I Feel Love
. For modern recording that are "dynamic" I like A.R. Rahman's Slumdog and Tron Legacy soundtrack from Daftpunk. Also Garry Numan and other electronica like Peter Kruder/Peace Orchestra and stuff like PPK Resurrection and it's various mixes like Robots Outro
and The Perfect Edit
. Who am I
is in that list of 10 with Fanfare
. For female vocals I use Norah Jones, Carole King and Diana Krall. A great NJ track to checkout is the Wax Poetic Tell Me
feat. Norah Jones (Temple of Soul Remix). The Carole King SACD remaster is amazing and really shows the engineering on that LP back in the day. Of course I'm joking right... sometimes the best way to spot the accuracy of a loudspeaker is to know mistakes/distortions in classic recordings you've heard thousands of times and to listen to those tracks to see how revealing the speaker is regarding the studio master flaw... or some background noise... The Toccata and Fugue in d minor from Rollerball is another reference for me and in that top ten demo/audition list... it's the defacto Toccata with all it's engineering flaws... a FANTASTIC reference track! Peter Gabriel's stuff is also so well engineered I use it as a reference as well. In particular his LP called Passion (Of These, Hope
is in the top ten). Vangelis (Chariots of Fire
is in the top ten list)... and others... you get the picture... It's not everyday stuff one would listen to but it's a great selection to showcase a loudspeakers performance.
I'm sure happy to hear everyone had a good time and got home safe and sound. Sorry to hear about the Accuton mid. Those drivers are very very easy to damage and why they have the cage around them.
I can't wait to hear what all you guys thought of the gear. It's all great gear so I can only imagine it was a very close race with taste being the major factor.
PS don't forget Lady GaGa - The Fame Monster as it's one of the best all around albums since Michael Jackson's Thriller
and Madonna's Like a Prayer
in terms of "dynamic" pop music!