The Chieftains – Another Country

26 Sep

The Chieftains - Another Country DS421f front

This release is the first using a newly developed process especially for decoding Dolby Surround. It accurately decodes to Dolby specifications plus, using just the extracted mono rear channel information, creates a new rear stereo pair based on the cue information contained within the original mix.

This produces a natural sounding quadraphonic sound field, whilst maintaining the integrity of the original mix.

Album info

Release: DS421f

Source: Dolby Surround CD

Process: DS/IV



7 Responses to “The Chieftains – Another Country”

  1. Owen Smith September 27, 2014 at 14:21 #

    This is amazing, if I hadn’t been told it is a Dolby Surround source I would never have guessed. This sounds like a full quad matrix to me, the expansion of the mono rear to stereo is so natural. I’m not sure this album makes the best use of it, it isn’t particularly adventurous in its use of the rears, but then given what people thought Dolby Surround could and could not do at the time, I suspect quite a few albums will be un-ambitious in their use of the rear.

    What I’m not getting much of here is a phantom centre image. With many of OD’s decodes I used to check the Centre speaker wasn’t actually playing, there was such a realistic centre image. This effect appears to be source dependent though and it doesn’t happen with all albums, it’s very common with classical releases but less so with studio multi track recordings.So we’ll have to see how that turns out longer term, it’s not possible to draw conclusions based on one album.

    Musically I really enjoy this sort of Celtic folk stuff. Many years ago I had a friend who used to travel around the country to see celtic bands and he had lots of CDs, so I’ve heard a fair amount of this stuff.

    • oxforddickie September 27, 2014 at 14:29 #

      Thanks for that Owen. As you know i’d spent quite some time on this (which is why there wasn’t a release on Monday) and i’m really pleased how well my idea translated in reality. Hopefully today’s release will give people an idea, given a good mix, what the new process is capable of. 🙂

  2. zaphod2359 September 27, 2014 at 01:01 #

    This sounds really interesting,thanks!

  3. quadro2013 September 26, 2014 at 21:51 #

    Yes! Great!
    Thank You, OD!

  4. beukenoot September 26, 2014 at 19:25 #

    OD goes Dolby 😉 Well, i can convert it to Dolby Digital..

    • oxforddickie September 26, 2014 at 19:28 #

      Well i’ve done Dolby Surround before and the disc already contains a Dolby Digital track

  5. rockyofpittsburgh September 26, 2014 at 17:16 #

    Thank you for this, OD!

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