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Carpenters Quadraphonic

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by CarpentersToYou, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. The MotownBoy does astonishing work -- whether it's the Carpenters or others, not to be missed on youtube.
  2. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Amazing. The quad version opens everything up much more, especially those fabulous backing vocals! I remember Richard was on a UK TV show called 'This Morning' and after they showed this clips he said this track was the one that contained the most vocal overdubs of any track they recorded.
  3. motownboy

    motownboy Member

    I have posted "Sing" from the Japanese Quad CD-4 LP of "Singles 1969-73." I improvised a video that is part Carpenters and part Muppets and friends singing "Sing." A full video of Karen & Richard performing "Sing" in English doesn't seem to be out there.. I hope you enjoy! Where else will you find R.E.M., the Muppets, and the Carpenters "together?" :)

    David

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  4. A&M Retro

    A&M Retro Well-Known Member

    Absolutely awesome, Motown Boy. Thanks again for the great work. So cool to see so many famous people performing "Sing"!
  5. motownboy

    motownboy Member

    Thank you so much for the kinds words, Bob!
  6. motownboy

    motownboy Member

    I've just posted the quad mix of "Superstar" set to three performance clips...Listening to this song again in the process of making the video made me re-appreciate what a classic vocal performance Karen gave us. I hope you enjoy it..

  7. RainyDays

    RainyDays Inactive

    Damn, that's amazing! I have loved your quad mixes for months now and this is another great treat you have given us.

    I love it...I really do!
  8. RainyDays

    RainyDays Inactive

    This might be a stupid question but how exactly does this whole 'quad' thingy work? I have some idea, but did Richard release quad albums in America? And, MotownBoy how did you do your special remix to it?
  9. CloseToYou10

    CloseToYou10 New Member

    Another stunning video! Superstar is amazing! Thanks motownboy! :D
  10. motownboy

    motownboy Member


    Hey RD,

    I am glad to answer your question.

    Quadraphonic was a format to provide four channels of sound...a 1970s version of today's surround sound. Basically four speakers were placed in the four corners of your listening area. New mixes had to be done for this format. In the case of vinyl, the four channels had to be mixed down to two channels with special encoding so that it could be cut into vinyl as a stereo signal and then played back with a special phono cartridge through a decoder that would separate the signal back to four channels.

    In the case of the Carpenters' quad releases, Richard was not involved and was reportedly not happy with the results. There were quad releases in the US and some other countries I have a couple of US and Japanese pressings. Basically, I record the music from my turntable to my computer through the sound card. I then judiciously use audio restoration software to remove pops, ticks and turntable rumble and some EQ touch up. These are not remixes from a studio multi-track tape (though I have done some remixes like that of some classics by other artists) , but I take the music and remaster it - making it more presentable in sound quality.

    To do the videos, I look for the best clips I can find and create something with them and synchronize the remastered audio.

    David :)
  11. RainyDays

    RainyDays Inactive

    Simply amazing! That's a fascinating process and you always pull through it perfectly! I discovered your work back last November, I believe, when I first discovered the Carpenters' music. You made it even richer in quality.

    Now, I just have one favor....please please please do RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS!
  12. GroovinGarrett

    GroovinGarrett New Member

    I love seeing new "motownboy" videos in my YouTube feed. Beautiful work. :)
  13. motownboy

    motownboy Member

    Hey RD......Rainy Days is coming soon! Thank you for the nice comments.
  14. motownboy

    motownboy Member

    GG - Thank you...for your support and kind comments...
  15. I don't know if this applies to the quads the Carpenters did, but one thing with the Streisand quads, esp Stoney End, Barbara Joan S, and Butterfly, is that very often there are entirely different vocal tracks by Streisand (versus the mainstream, nonquad release).
  16. pufnstuf1969

    pufnstuf1969 New Member

  17. pufnstuf1969

    pufnstuf1969 New Member

    Can someone post quad version of heather from now and then
  18. pufnstuf1969

    pufnstuf1969 New Member

    Can someone upload heather and intro to singles 1969 quad mix thanks
  19. Rick

    Rick Member

    I am very sad to see that Motownboy's youtube channel has been terminated. His was one of my favorites. I checked in regularly.
  20. Someday

    Someday Active Member

    Would love to get one of these. Any ideas, anyone, on sourcing Quad albums? UK?

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