Enoch Light – 4 Channel Stereo

31 Dec



I’ve been holding this back for some little while now but as the minutes tick away towards the end of 2016 i felt i needed to get this out so i can reissue some of the previously released EV-4 albums that are filling my release HDD.

This is the first EV-4 album to be released having been decoded by the latest of my ‘Mythical’ processes to incorporate the principles of H.O.P. (Heart Of Phoenix).

Due to the basic nature of the EV-4 matrix, and after a couple of attempts previously, i didn’t believe it was possible to incorporate H.O.P. into the decoding process, but yet another flash of inspiration a month or so ago finally led to the creation of ‘Dryad’.

The improvements are much in line with the other process’, although obviously not as effective. There is a small increase in separation with a more stable image, an improvement in low-level detail and, in general, a cleaner sounding decode.

I would appreciate some feedback as to whether the improvements are audible, especially when some of the tracks were used in AOQ’s recent EV-4 ‘shoot-out’ (you did partisipate, didn’t you?) so comparisons can be easily done.

p.s. This is a new transfer done especially for this release.

Release: DS17d

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: ‘Dryad’





13 Responses to “Enoch Light – 4 Channel Stereo”

  1. records633 February 10, 2017 at 07:53 #

    Nice, Its very similar to my version I made last week. I went for the “less’ approach with NR etc, mine screams in each ear with top end. this although very fine, sounds very muffled, lost some of the top end, build a flat preamp. But the top side I think yours has more separation, a little more at the sacrifice of any top end. (the last ‘scripts’ were like this), so perhaps no more NR, just get a better pressing, and a flatter preamp. Again i LOVE your work, just want to say whats on my mind. I Cant wait for more of your work. (Ade, Audio Restorer and professional Engineer)

    • oxforddickie February 10, 2017 at 08:16 #

      Thanks for the comments, which are always welcome.

      I use no noise reduction at all, just a touch of declining. As to the Rica revamp it is flat in both frequency and phase, which isn’t often the case with many pre-amps.

      A lot of the time the issues are down to the cartridge/arm which, I’m sure you know, can have quite an impact on the sound. One area that seems to be ignored nowadays is cartridge loading. I’ve done a lot of work to ensure the cartridges resonance peak is correctly controlled and perhaps this is why you find the sound “very muffled”.

      Left undamped you’ll often get that sound that “screams with topped” which seems to he a type of sound that is popular with many people who do LP transfers, but it’s not accurate and will cause phase issues at the upper midrange/top-end which will effect the quality of decoding phase-matrix recordings.

      • oxforddickie February 10, 2017 at 08:18 #

        Forgot to ask, what did you use to decode it?

  2. Owen Smith February 4, 2017 at 16:23 #

    Interesting listen, some quite cheesy music. The main improvement compared to Centaur that previous EV-4 decodes were done with is there is much less of an overall haze or fuzziness to the sound. The main reason all my votes on the EV-4 shootout turned out to be for the Involve was it was clearer whereas Centaur had a bit of a haze on everything. Neither decoder did a great job on EV-4 compared to the discreet versions to be honest, which I suspect is due to the very basic nature of the EV-4 matrix.

    Unfortunately this disc did not contain any of the EV-4 shootout tracks I felt were the most useful for doing comparisons. Indeed after listening to this I had to double check I’d played the correct disc because none of the tracks I was particularly waiting to hear from the shootout were on it. I was listening for guitars and synth “bips” in various places and these tracks aren’t there.

  3. Highlander January 10, 2017 at 18:02 #

    Thanks for this and Happy New Year. All the best to you and we really appreciate you keeping this fine blog running. Hope you feel better soon OD. 🙂

    • oxforddickie January 10, 2017 at 18:11 #

      Many thanks for your wishes and a Happy New Year too

  4. jaypfunk January 3, 2017 at 13:25 #

    Sorry to hear about your health OD. Stay positive and get well soon!!

    • oxforddickie January 3, 2017 at 16:55 #

      Thanks, afraid it’s the return of the same issues as before, but with greater virosity.

  5. Owen Smith January 1, 2017 at 01:18 #

    Dryad was supposed to be the name for the DY process, given Dryad has a D and Y in it which was your suggestion. EV-4 was going to be called Pegasus after some discussion (largely because, like Centaur, it has an E in the second letter).

    Anyway, happy new year to you, a new decode process and all blog members!

    • oxforddickie January 1, 2017 at 12:07 #

      Sorry, have been confused with things that have been happening and the memories really not working as it should do. For whatever reason, ‘Dryad’ has lodged itself well and truly in the old noggin, hence the mistake. But it’s been made so will stay as is now.

      I’m afrid my health issues have worsened very recently, to the point that it was brought to the attention of someone who is now trying to help me. Not good news to start the new year but i no longer see any reason to hide behind fake smiles.

      I’ve done no work at all on the DY version, and as it stands at the moment it may never be done. It all depends on how the little grey cells are on a day-to-day basis now.

    • Owen Smith January 1, 2017 at 13:35 #

      I hope you get the help you need. And this is a further reminder to write things down.

      • oxforddickie January 1, 2017 at 16:15 #

        Thhanks, and writing things down is one thing i’m lousy at

  6. lupineassassin December 31, 2016 at 20:51 #

    Thanks. Happy 2017! 😀

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