When Blue Coast Collection was originally released in 2007, we mixed it to 1/2" tape, then converted it to DSD64 for the SACD and high resolution downloads. It's interesting to know that we always preferred the 1/2" tape mixes. Now that DSD256 is an option we decided to remaster the album to it's original analog sound. It took months of tweaking the machine to offer the DSD256 in its highest audio state.
On the remastered edition, you will hear details as never before... the sound of the room, newly exposed endings of harmony notes, and previously hidden acoustic timbres.
Blue Coast Records’ first release features exceptional acoustic recordings performed live in the studio without the use of headphones, overdubs or digital effects. Label founder, and five time Grammy-Nominated producer/engineer, Cookie Marenco, assembled a cast of world-class performers, engineers and technicians familiar with her passion for audio excellence and appreciation of skilled musicianship.
The recording sessions led to a patent-pending recording technique called Extended Sound Environment (E.S.E.). Originally conceptualized for the surround environment, E.S.E. makes use of room and direct microphone placement to optimize full tonal response from the instruments and character of the room while allowing the musicians to position themselves to hear and respond to each other without the use of headphones. Attention to eliminating phase, blending the room and direct mics, creating balanced dynamics, monitoring while recording in surround all under Marenco’s production guidance brought stunning results that truly places the listener in an audio hologram of the music.