A funny thing happened on my way home from the doctors……..
Well actually only part of that is true, it certainly wasn’t funny!. After one of the most gruelling visits to my doctors in ages, i felt as though my head was going to explode (a feeling i’m sure many of you know) which seems to have let loose an idea that was obviously being worked upon in the mysterious depths of the little grey cells.
A little over a year ago i released the first SQ decoding using ‘Phoenix’, a process that i can honestly say i’m proud of. At the time, attempts to use the heart of the process, which, if you remember, was taken from the shelved ‘IV’ process, on any of the other matrix systems failed due to the fact that SQ was/is a one off, nothing like any of the other systems.
And so for a year now i’ve been happy with where we were, and have been happy listening to the new and re-issued releases without feeling anything was wrong. Until Tuesday this week.
The idea that suddenly came to me was that it may be possible to alter the section borrowed from ‘IV’ enough to allow it to work on different areas of a matrix. Cutting it short now, within an hour of starting work on it i had managed to prove the idea worked well enough to integrate it into the decode process for QS.
By 1.30am the following morning i had all but completed the new process, and a test decode of a track from a previous release showed it worked without any serious issues. Worked continued to iron out an few niggles and by early evening on Wednesday ‘Chimera’ (ch) was born. Where did the name come from? Well, Owen came up with that during one of of our email chats during one of the many tea breaks, thanks Owen.
Although i’ve only completed one album decode using it, having listened to it at least a dozen times now i’m confident enough to release it for you all to pick it to pieces, hopefully comparing it to the original release.
And what of ‘Phoenix’? Well, Owen mentioned that it’s coming up to its first birthday, which unfortunately it won’t be seeing. I never thought any of the process’s would be replaced by myself as i really felt happy with how things ended up. But i do honestly believe now that this is as good as SQ & QS decoding can get, at least from my beleaguered brain and the equipment i have to hand., and i foresee no further upgrades to them in the future, that is unless you spot something wrong that is)
Hopefully i’ll release it tomorrow, so tune up your ears guys………