Heading Out

Welcome all Driving Sounds Club Members. April and we are finally returning to our normal lives. Hopefully, this means that our car audio upgrades will be getting the dust blown out of them and our minds will once again be returning to fresh new sounds.

Speaking of which, I have been searching for freshness during lockdown. Many artists have released albums however, some of these have been effectively recorded in isolation. This has definitely affected the energy levels in the recordings. I think the lack of face-to-face collaboration has affected many elements of the music too.

I will not list specific examples at this point and instead will point you all toward a version of Joni Mitchell's "For Free" as it appears on the new album from Lana Del Ray (Chemtrails Over The Country Club).  The sound quality is exquisite, with a very wide sound stage and fabulous harmony vocals. which makes it perfect for testing in your car.

Have a listen here (24-bit Qobuz is your best bet, but the best quality stream you have!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqSvJU0xaqg
https://open.qobuz.com/track/117939897




....and another thing!

3 ohm impedance effectively increases output of head unit, offering more music for your money!


Read all about it
https://blog.fourmasterscaraudio.co.uk/impedance-in-car-audio-systems/

Building one brick at a time?

Hertz Mille Pro MPK 165, 2-way component set makes the most of the output directly from your head unit.

Find out how....
https://blog.fourmasterscaraudio.co.uk/hertz-mille-pro-mpk-165p/

The responsibility for this month's Top Five falls once again to our esteemed colleague, Brian Parton. This set of five will definitely show up the flaws on an OEM system.

Fink - Looking to Closely - Not a Fink fan just like this particular track
Joseph Arthur - You Are Free - This track came from a movie sound track I decided to shuffle his top tracks on tidal and discovered some other really good tunes
OneRepublic- Let’s Hurt Tonight- OneRepublic are a goto chill out
Chris Cornell - Patience - I love Chris Cornell and this track in particular although I like Alex’s too
The Mayfield Four - Eden - Myles Kennedy Alter bridge in his the earlier years

We always welcome others track shares. If you have five tracks that you enjoy listening to in the car, send them over using the handy button below!

 
My Top Five Tunes
Returning To The Stage


 
I feel we are really close to being able to see our fave bands live again. Unfortunately, in our locality, we have lost many great little venues and we can only hope that public demand will see some of these reopen in due course.

As far as the big boys are concerned, it seems most of these are continuing to keep a watching brief until 2022 - Not that I am at all interested in going to see the "Strolling Bones" etc. - They have had their day in my opinion and should stand aside and let some younger talent come through.

Local venues are a breeding ground for new musical talent and skills. Without them, we are condemned to endless bedroom recordists imitating their own heroes and using all the automation skills Logic Pro X or Protools has to offer.

Keep music live brethren!

Until next month do take care and continue to practice social distancing, hand washing and everything else that will help us to swiftly return to a kind of normality!

Carl
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