Originally Posted by Bill Mac
Hopefully with Steven Wilson at the helm
It looks like Steven Wilson agrees with you!
S+V: Ok, it’s time to bring out your crystal ball. What do you see for the future of surround mixing?
Wilson: I might be wrong, but I detect a slight pickup in interest in the audiophile end of the market, which I think the major record labels had turned their backs on the last few years. But it was through the artists’ push, like Neil Young and Tom Petty, where you would actually get high-rez releases and 5.1 mixes. And the record companies have picked up on it because this is one of the last chances they may have to sell physical product. These are the guys who will still pay $100 for a box set.
There’s always a moment with a format like this where it comes down to one band, very high profile, doing the right thing and blowing it open for everyone else. And obviously the biggest one would be the Beatles. If the Beatles were to issue high-rez remixes, it could change everything. They need to release surround mixes of Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, and The White Album — it’s as simple as that.
S+V: Led Zeppelin could blow it wide open too if their catalog was done in 5.1Wilson: No doubt about it. My understanding is that Jimmy Page approves everything, so if this idea gets to him, I’d sure love to do it.