September 15, 2020

S Balachander: The Maestro and the Disciple part 1 [HTC 8143] a cassette recorded in India in 1979 and reissued in 1991

Here is a transfer of a cassette released in 1979 featuring the celebrated veena maestro S Balachander and his disciple Gayathri Narayanan, accompanied by UK Sivaraman on mridangam and TH Vinayakaram on Ghatam. 

Transfer: Nakamichi ZX-9 cassette deck, extensively refurbished and rebuilt to "better than new" state by Willi Hermann
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: Audacity and xAct.
Monitoring: Digital line out from a MacBook, Focal Spirit One headphones with Schitt Audio Asgard headphone preamp with 4490 DAC


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  1. Transferred using a Nakamichi zx 9 tape deck...
    It's a top piece of equipment..


  2. Richard , Thank you for this lovely recording . I see you haven't posted anything in a while . Hope you are doing well !