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Farewell To August...

As preparations are made to return children to school and the last of the summer vacationing is coming to an end (in this country anyway) we continue to bring you news and views related to our car audio experiences.
As always, we offer you an open invitation to share your experiences, favourite tunes and views of anything car audio or music related. Simply email: editorial@drivingsounds.co.uk - Don't be shy, but if you are then we can keep your identity out of anything we print on request.
This month we continue the story of my friend's BMW 5-series as well as offering a non-technical explanation on a technical topic. We also bring you some comment from the front line so do read on and don't forget to investigate the links to additional content!
Last month we recommended that you investigate SOHN who's album Tremors contains some great sounds for upgraded car audio. Some of you were a little underwhelmed. I would urge you all to give this a second listen on a good system rather than through the 1.5inch speakers in your laptop which only produce frequencies down to around 250 Hz with a dynamic range of around 30dB (a bit less than cassette tape) and you will be sold! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AslPYSm7jfg

Sneeky-peek


BMW 5-series Prima upgrade continued....
Last month, I introduced you to a friend's BMW and reported on how we vastly improved how it sounded by simply adding a Prima AP 8.9 amplifier equipped with Audison Bit technology. For those who may have missed it, that article can be read here: 
http://www.drivingsounds.co.uk/driving-sounds-club/prima-upgraded-bmw-image-is-everything/

This month we bring you part 2 in which we have a play with some of the controls in pursuit of genre-specific perfection. read part 2 here: 
http://www.drivingsounds.co.uk/driving-sounds-club/prima-upgraded-bmw-pt-2-fine-tuning/

 

Top Tunes


This month we muse over tunes that might be listened to on a track day. We will get a list from someone who has had a system fitted to their track car very soon but in the meantime, here are our tongue-in-cheek suggestions.
Tracey Chapman - Fast Car
Teriyaki Boyz - Tokyo Drift
The Edgar Winter Group - Free Ride
Madness - I've Been Driving In My Car
War - Low Rider
ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man
Led Zeppelin - Bring It On Home
Metallica - Enter Sandman 

Think you can do better? Email your list to us and we will use it in a future broadcast.
editorial@drivingsounds.co.uk



 

Techie Bit
With Knobs On!



All this talk about Audison Bit technology, Prima, graphic versus parametric equalisers demands further explanation we feel. This month we attempt to explain the difference between graphic and parametric equalisation in a way that even we understand! Read our attempt here: http://www.fourmasterscaraudio.co.uk/caraudio/parametric-vs-graphic-equalisation-with-knobs-on/

 

Track  Day Installs
By Cambridge Car Audio


I recently spoke to our friend Steve Wall (pictured) of FOUR MASTER Cambridge Car Audio who told me of a customer who had purchased a system for his Renault Clio. As you know, we like where possible to feature cars which don't cost over £120K as we live in the real world after all! However, on further investigation it turns out that this is a track car with an audio system in. It is regularly taken out on track days and the customer concerned has a group of friends who all do the same thing and also have audio systems in their track cars. This is a significant discovery for me and I am going to be doing my best to bring you their story both in a forthcoming Sneeky-peek and then in issue 5 of the magazine.
In the meantime, check out this month's Top Tunes for an insight into what to listen to on your next track day!

New Music vs Old Music

Music was my first love, and it will be my last. Music of the future.......etc.
Music makes my world go round. As a consumer, I tend to enjoy a good back story to my music which is why my preference is for interesting artists who craft rather than "produce" their musical output. There is room for all sorts these days but artist longevity is seriously compromised by the "throw away" generations who have come along in the last 30 years or so. Being of a certain age, I guess it is quite expected that I should harp back continuously to my own golden age of the musicians art but I really do struggle to keep my focus when listening to the next bright young things. Most come and go with the jet stream and with too many outlets for content of varying quality available I often reach back through the years for home ground where I can feel comfortable that what I am listening to is original and actually comes from the musicians rather then their record company, IT consultant or some talentless, high-waisted moron looking to turn a quick buck! The thing is, I don't think I am alone. I teach guitar in what spare time I have these days and the majority of those I teach between the ages of 10 and 17 want to learn rock tunes from the 70's with hardly any requests for this century's artists. Coupled with the news that Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" has been voted the number one guitar riff of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners, I am interested to discover other music lovers opinions of the modern trend for listening to a nameless faceless tune as opposed to carefully taking the wrapper from a new album and listening to it in its entirety. Please discuss and report back for the sake of on going balance.

See you all next month I hope.

Carl
Editorial@drivingsounds.co.uk
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