I mean... I don't mean to be callous, but I'm wondering if that's one reason why they sped up the album. Many people I've talked to who have criticism for the Carpenters say that all their songs are too slow. (For me, the really slow album is A Kind of Hush. Even though "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" is faster than Neil Sedaka's "fast version," it is soooo slow.) All of the songs fall into their place, pitch-wise, when it's slowed down a hair. But maybe someone thought, meh, too slow--so they sped it up. It looks like speeding it up by 1/3 of a semitone would decrease the play time by about 20 seconds. Karen's voice may be a tad faster than anyone would notice, but the beats would go faster.Please take this in the humorous spirit I'm intending:
That's all HORIZON needs is to be slowed down even more. It goes from "draggy" to "catatonic".
Hi David,Cuyler, I have come to deeply respect your obvious knowledge, insight, and skill when it comes to the technical side of music.
So I ask this question with both respect and an awareness of my own limitation as regards technology and music, but would it be fair to say that your alteration of the song(s) in this way, to make them "pitch perfect", is a form of "auto-tuning"?
Well, I didn't alter any music. I didn't add or subtract instrumentation. The LP can be played at any number of infinite speeds. To correct the pitch, I slowed down the music by a teeny tiny fraction of a percent. It's analogous to having a 33 rpm motor instead of a 33.33333333333333333 rpm motor.With all due respect, after listening to the files posted above,
I remain unconvinced that anything on original Horizon LP needs to be altered.
1/3 of a semitone is 1/6 of a tone, which comes out to about 99.1% of full speed.Cuyler, you wrote "I've determined I think the whole Horizon album (on vinyl and on CD at least) is 1/4 of a semitone faster than it's supposed to be."
What I am saying is that the whole album is not "faster than it is supposed to be."
1/3, by the way, is not a "tiny" fraction of a percent.
1/3 of a revolution per minute ( or 360/3=120 degrees per minute or, 2 degrees per second ) evidently is perceptible to the ears !
The "minor, but noticeable tape speed error" which you believe to be on the original album, does not exist (as far as my ears are concerned).