QSound: List of material
Missing from any index I can find with all of my finely-tuned Google-Fu is a list of QSound-encoded stereo recordings.
I remember QSound being introduced during a Coca-Cola commercial during a Superbowl in ~1990: It is a process for psychoacoustic recording wherein one can experience surrounding sounds with 2-channel audio and gear, and I know of a couple of albums that definitely use the process.
1. Roger Waters, Amused to Death*
2. Nine Inch Nails, Broken**
3. Madonna, The Immaculate Collection
Any QSound recording will have excellent imaging (in the right-behind-your-head sort of way) on any simple stereo system, if the listener is in the right spot.
But I've recently found that Dolby PLIIx Music does a fantastic***, stand-up job of decoding QSound, sending the requisite sounds to exactly the same places that I hear them on a good and simple stereo system. This opens up existing QSound recordings to be listened to by the masses, with random listener placement, just like Quad was supposed to do.
I want to let others know about this largely forgotten, flash-in-the-pan concept of QSound, so that others can experience it today on a multichannel system.
There must be other recordings out there with QSound in their roots that I don't know of, and I want to know about all of them -- whatever you've got. AFAICT, the Internet does not have a comprehensive list of QSound recordings, and that is a shame: It's no worse than any other matrixed system and most of us have a proper decoder (if not our very own ears).
Ideally, this list would be stickied somewhere if it were ever to be comprehensive.
*: On Amused To Death, there is a QSound logo on the liner notes. The surround effects are very precise and meaningful.
**: Broken. I recall an interview (Rolling Stone?) from around 1995 or 1996 with Trent Reznor, wherein he says that they found a QSound cabinet in the hallway of the studio they were using to record in Cleveland, and decided to wheel it into the control room and make it work. The surround effects on this album are rather barbaric, but then so is the rest of it...
***: I don't hear this with DTS:Neo-whatever, or Logic 7.
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