News about Blumenhofer Acoustics
On the first day of the Munich High End Fritz de With of STS Digital presented us the Groove into Bits CD Vol. 2.
The CD presents good pieces of music. In the first issue there has been an error on the cover that will be corrected in the reissues of the CD. One song, the one of Bob Dylan, due to rights problems, did not manage to get into the final release of the CD, but it is still in our hearts. Maybe we will be able to add it in the next Groove into Bits.
The Church Santa Maria Assunta in Bibione received a new organ from one beloved member of his community, Rino Benedett.
Then we discovered that Fritz de With from STS-Digital has a spleen for organ music and loves to record organs.
Agreements were made and quite fast the decision was taken.
With the support of the community in Bibione the Church has been able to finance the production of the CD of the inaugural concert of the organ.
The CD is only for internal use of the Church and for the local community. You can contact Don Andrea Vena here if You wish to have more information about it.
Under magistral conduction of Maestro Daniel Roth from Saint Sulpice in Paris, the result and the sound were really moving.
These were the music played
This concert was the opening concert for the Summer organ concert season in Bibione.
The Organ comes from the Francesco Zanin company of Codroipo. The site is still in construction but You can reach them here.
Some data of the organ can be read in this document
To perform the recording Fritz de With used a 4 microphone setup, placing 2 microphones in front of the altar directed to the two wings of the organ plus 2 more microphones about 10 meters behind to be able to generate the ambience of the church and eliminate some of the unavoidable disturbs arising during a live concert.
The microphones from Shoeps were connected to a Nagra VI pro 8-channel recorder. The power supply chain of the electronic involved was from Cammino-HP.
Blumenhofer's involvement? We made the whole possible and our loudspeakers will be used in the post-processing of the recorded tracks to reach the quality needed to realize the CD.
After enjoying the concert in the church, we spent the whole sunday playing the tracks again and again to understand the quality and start a first remixing process to decide the relative levels of the tracks. We were astonished, I've never had the experience of listening for a concert a second time in that quality. It beamed me away into a meditative status: fantastic! I'm looking forward for hearing the CD at my place.
- Pluto Audio Turntable
- Van den Hul Canary cartridge
- Octave Phono Module
- Octave Jubilee Preamplifier
- Octave MRE 220 Power Amplifier
- complete Cammino-HP cabling
- Cammino HP Power Harmonisation
- Astin Trew Concord DAC 1 USB
and of course
- Blumenhofer Acoustics Wiki
I think there is nothing left to say. This list answers all the questions.
- Andreas Hoffmann - Octave
- Claudio Trevisanello - Cammino HP
- Fritz de With - STS Digital
- Onno Kivet - Puresound.be
- Conny Englmeier - DJ
- Marco de Wilde - Music2.nl
- Bernd Berling - Klangstube
- Eddy - Pluto
- Micael Osborne - Astin Trew
and of course
- Thomas Blumenhofer
- Andrea Vitali
The new Marantz SACD Edition 15 has come on the market. It has been mastered with Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS 1 and Genuin FS 3. Take a look at it, it is worth it, and here You can purchase it online directly by STS-Digital.
We already informed You about this project.
It was extraordinary and it has borne by chance.
We met in Walkertshofen last September and started listening for music of all kinds. Of course on LP. Spontaneous was the question… why don't we master it to a CD trying to keep the analog feeling of the turntable. Then, the task was set, how to perform it? Simple? Conny Englmeier started playing DJ, Fritz connected his Marantz mastering equipment, Lars set up the Kanzy power amplifier, and Tom connected our Wiki: if we need a monitor speaker why not the best one available? Marco had a Acoustic Signature Ascona with an SME tonearm and a Soundsmith cartridge in the trunk of the car. The setup was done. The songs were chosen and we started the recording process. It took us a longer time than expected but was fun. After hours we were eating in the restaurant and René suggested to name it after the project: Grove into Bits was what we did. From LP to CD. Extraordinary.
Enjoy the Music, if You are lucky enough to get one of the 2000 copies :-)
The enjoyable warm voice of Ingram Washington in his CD/LP "What a difference a day makes" brings back sonorities and inspirations from vinyl and piano bar atmosphere.
Useless for me to stress that it has been mastered with Blumenhofer's Loudspeakers :-)
I nearly forgot: they have been mastered with Blumenhofer :-)
You can buy them at the online Shop of STS-Digital.
The SACD charms and convinces generating a warm atmosphere. The recordings are, as usual, highest quality and the choice of the songs go trough lot of different stiles and music genres. Never boring, sometimes swinging in a cozy feeling, sometimes hitting You with extraordinary impact and speed, sometimes taking You away with sweet voices. Have a listen and enjoy its music.
Conny Engelmayer - You will learn some more about him in the future - has made a narrow choice out of his 10.000 LPs collection.
Fritz de With - STS Digital - brought his recording equipment to Walkertshofen.
Thomas was more at the coffee machine than at the audio equipment: lots of double expressos, just for the good taste of them.
Lars - Kanzy - presented us his power amplifier
The Sound playing system was:
- Technics SP 15 Turntable
- Turntable Plint made by Blumenhofer
- Pro-Ject 12" Tonearm
- Sound-Smith Strain-Gauge Cartridge
- Kanzy KAAM-800 Power Amplifier
Fritz is now preparing the Master and we expect the CD to be on the market before the end of the Year.
This CD delivers the transformation of the soft melodies of the 50's in unsurpassed quality. Directly from the original tape adapted to exploit in the modern mediums the complete gamma of sounds and inspiration of the original artists.
...from the times, when the recordings had no editing but direct cut, cleaned and rounded up. Music reborn, the great recordings of the 50's.
I have just spent some hours listening twice or trice this cd. I must tell You: it delivers what it promises. Yello, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others. Percussions, guitar and voices. Listen for it and it will not go out of Your head: You will leave Your chair with a light sensation of music carrying You around: an experience in pure dynamic.