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Rudy Van Gelder, legendary audio engineer, has passed

Discussion in 'A Small Circle of Friends: The Music Forum' started by Rudy, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

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  2. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    A true legend has been lost Rest in peace Mr. Van Gelder.
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  3. Seems like every day now some other famous person is passing away. Sad to hear of the loss of Mr. Van Gelder.

    ...listening now to the rare STONEBONE by J & K...
  4. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

    2016 has been a terrible year, death-wise. :sigh:
  5. Michael Hagerty

    Michael Hagerty Active Member

    Sure sorry to read this. Rudy was a giant.
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  6. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    Very true, unfortunately. Mr. Van Gelder will be missed.
  7. Captain Bacardi

    Captain Bacardi Well-Known Member Moderator

    He did engineer so many classic jazz recordings. Unfortunately, some of his remasters weren't all that great. I found some of them to be rather muddy sounding, which is why I usually go back to the original records. But you can't argue his contributions to jazz over the decades.
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  8. I've always thought that, being a person who likes crisp highs in recordings. I remember way back when - we were discussing WE AND THE SEA by Tamba 4. I was never able to find that LP, but like others, was surprised that it got a CD release in Japan back around 1998 or so. While I was thrilled to finally hear the album, it sounded a bit muddy to me.

    Then, just a couple of years later, Verve By Request reissued it in the US. This one sounded much better to my ears.
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  9. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

    Many of those CTi recordings are muddy. I forget which frequency it was, but I used a parametric equalizer to notch out a small bit of the midbass and it really cleaned up the sound. It wasn't much--just a decibel or two--to clear it up. Some recent masterings reduce that murky sound, thankfully.
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