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check out the engineering section in particular.
I came across this website that has an interesting means of recording music so that it will complement a high end system.(?)
I have never heard about this before, any input or knowledge would be great. thanks.
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It looks like typical digital recording process but without the "fiddling" that usually occurs during the mixing process to satisfy FM airplay.  Mainstream music seems to have to fill up all the space in time so that there aren't any "silent" dropouts that might cause listeners to get uneasy.  I imagine there are a lot of recordings available that would be far more satisfactory and real-to-life to listen to if the studio mixers kept their grubby hands off them.  That's one reason I appreciate the small-time "garage" recordings so much....their more real to life.  I picked up a bunch of songs from the Funky Meters, a band out of Louisiana, that seems to have this recorded-as-it's-played type of sound.  I don't have an actual CD but the songs I copied were ripped from CD's.  I like it because, just like real life, sometimes the drums will hit harder and sometimes miss a little...and other true-to-life occurences like you would witness sitting in a lounge and listening to a live band.
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Yes.  It is well known that much of the commercial music today could be much better engineered.  Most of it is overprocessed to make the pretty faces actually sound good.  Like Stevdart, I prefer and seek out music that is largely recorded live with very little post production mixing or processing.  It doesn't need to be "band x live in x city," but rather just recorded live, rather than recorded in tiny little bits and pieces and mixed together or repeated.  Unfortunately, finding these cd's is hit and miss.  If I'm in the mood for ramdom cd buying, I'll usually pick up some snobby audiophile (the mag itself and others like it) and check out the review section.  For all their snake oil and never-ending glowing reviews of anything costing over $5,000, those magazines usually do have the sound quality rating of recordings in the right ballpark. 

Other than that, it is quite obvious that certain labels have higher standards than others.  For you jazz fans out there, Verve Records (the label Diana Krall is on) usually does a good job with engineering and many of their discs are recorded "live" or almost entirely live.

Also, more for Jazz/Blues fans --- Blues Alley in Georgetown does a good job of recording the acts that come there.  I've seen some of those artists there, Ahmad Jamal most recently, and their recordings do a nice job recreating the small, intimate, and very live atmosphere.

Amazon also has some Blues Alley cds no longer in production that are amazing.

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