June 17, 2015

Bismillah Khan: Music From India [EMI ASD 2446] (1969)

Here is an excellent LP which was released in 1969 on the "HMV" label (a subsidiary of EMI) in India. The condition of the vinyl was pristine and the performances above criticism.

Track List:

Side 1:
1) Raga Sarang: Aochar and Drut Gat in Teentaal
2) Dadra (Dhun): Aochar and Madhya Gat in Dadra Taal

Side 2:
1) Raga Chandrakauns: Aochar and Madhya Gat in Teentaal
2) Raga Kajaree: Aochar and Madhya Gat in Keharwa Taal

Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in water, with no additives, followed by a  quick vacuum drying with a VPI 16.5 cleaning machine
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure M97x
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.

Recorder: Tascam DR-70D at 24bit/44.1kHz resolution
Software: Audacity to normalize and carefully remove one or two clicks. A very subtle (1-2dB) boost was applied between 40 and 60Hz. Conversion to 16/44.1 took place in Audacity. xAct was used to convert to FLAC and mp3. So-called "noise removal" was avoided in order to best preserve the dynamic nuances and tone quality of the original sound. There is some surface noise still present in the transfer but it is very minimal.