Macrospective – Vinylism

by Various Artists

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Macrospective Vinylism enables digital DJs to play the key tracks of Macro with the sound of vinyl without actually having to carry a box of records around. All vinyl versions are direct transfers from mint vinyl copies of Macro's carefully mastered and cut releases. This allows for mixing digital files with real vinyl without huge set offs in sound caused by switching between formats, granting DJs a new tool for enhanced performance and ultimate freedom of choosing and combining their tools.

The vinyl effect is often misunderstood. Vinyl doesn't have better resolution or dynamics than high end digital formats, but rather colours the sound in a specific way. Due to the mechanic interaction of stylus and record, geometric distortions add harmonics to the spectrum, causing a more brilliant high end and an artificially enhanced stereo image. In addition, the low end is effectively set to mono, often resulting in a solidified bass foundation. Decreasing resolution from the outer towards the inner side of the record lets every next record shine with greater high end reproduction, adding perceived freshness to each new track mixed by the DJ.

These characteristics are built in in Macro's Vinyl Versions: played back on Technics SL-1200 MK2 decks with Ortofon Concorde systems and recorded using premium pre-amplification and AD conversion, they hold exactly the sound features you would get in a typical club set up. Hifi styluses and studio turntables have explicitly been avoided in order to enable ultimate sound compatibility with vinyl in a club setting.

With WAV files and pristine conversion, the digital DJ has never been so close to the classic sound of vinyl within the great club music tradition - without actually being restricted by the record. This way additional tools as provided by cutting edge DJ software become conveniently available to those who prefer vinyl sound over the sterility of digitally mastered tracks.

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released September 26, 2011

Compiled by Finn Johannsen & Stefan Goldmann
Mastered by Rashad Becker
Vinyl to digital transfer engineered by Stefan Goldmann
Artwork by Viet Hoa Le

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