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VINYL RECORDS In order to avoid distortion and cracking noises, it is essential to clean your records with suitable methods and products. Carbon fibre disc brushes perform good basic maintenance and should ideally be used after each listen. Often it is thought that a disc is damaged when it is simply dirty.  For a deep cleaning that will remove dust, molding agents and static electricity, there are several cleaning systems such as ClearAudio, Music Hall Audio, Okki Nokki and Spin Clean. I highly recommend cleaning even new discs.  Once the disc is well cleaned, it is important to replace the…

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Also known as the record player, the turntable, invented around 1920, is the successor to the wax cylinder phonograph. Since then, turntables have evolved considerably, notably in the drive system, whether we are speaking about the roller system used until the end of the 1950s; belt drive, which is common on most high-fidelity turntables (Dual, Oracle, Rega, Thorens, Linn, etc.); or the direct-drive system that is found mainly on DJ models. Analogue pickup on a turntable is accomplished via a diamond stylus that follows the inscriptions present in the groove. The movements generate electrical signals thanks to magnets or coils…

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In the last column, we explained the purpose of a Digital to Analog Converter (DAC). A network player, also known as a streamer, usually has a built-in DAC and can decode high-resolution file formats (FLAC, DSD, MQA, etc.) while offering additional functionality. It allows, among other things, to play music saved on any computer, network hard drive or in NAS network storage, whether with a wired ­connection to your router (ideal, ­because there will be no disconnection or interruption) or Wi-Fi (sometimes more complex to configure). One can also access music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, etc., as…

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“Sort of a Romeo and Juliet thing,” Taras Kulish, executive director of the ­Orchestre classique de Montréal, says of Mykola Lysenko’s epic 1891 opera Taras Bulba, the overture of which will be one of the highlights of the “Great Slavs” program heard in Salle Pierre-Mercure on May 18. “A love story between a Polish princess and a Ukrainian warrior,” Kulish continues. “They are destined not to be together because of the fighting. Lots of historical things in there, the Poles against the Ukrainians, who’s invading whom.” And lots of percussion in that rousing ­overture as it was orchestrated after the…

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During the first lockdown in the U.K., which started on March 21, 2020, Julia Haferkorn, senior lecturer in music business and arts management at Middlesex ­University in London, became aware that many musicians were going to struggle ­financially. “I became very interested in the question of music streaming and started to think of how it could help musicians make at least some income,” she said. “But, at the same time, what happened, ­especially during the first lockdown in U.K. and Europe, is that many started to livestream from home but did so for free. It is absolutely understandable that they did…

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By Olivier Bergeron, Justin Bernard, Tom Inouie, Arthur Kaptainis, Dino Spaziani and Andréanne Venne La Scena Musicale offers original holiday season gift ideas for music lovers of all ages GADGETS OF ALL KINDS Handmade Music Boxes www.etsy.com SoundHandMade, an online distributor that ships worldwide from Spain, stocks a number of hand-crafted retro-style music boxes. Musical selections range from the classics, show tunes, songs from Walt Disney flics and cult classics like Star Wars. You know how it works: crank it up and just let it play. This nifty gift for the Holiday Season will sit perfectly atop a fireplace or…

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Can you imagine hearing Lang Lang playing for you in the comfort of your home? Or maybe Vladimir Horowitz, Yuja Wang, even the legendary Sergei Rachmaninoff? Impossible, you might think. Well, now such dreams are well within reach. Just last month in Montreal, Piano Bolduc unveiled Spirio, a high-end and high-tech Steinway & Sons grand piano capable of reproducing music of the past with incredible accuracy. But don’t think for a moment that this is some kind of updated player piano that strikes keys mechanically. It goes beyond that. Indeed, it can capture the most subtle nuances produced by the…

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REVIEW: of works by composers David Lang and Gregg Kallor – The Mile-Long Opera by Lang, performed on the High Line; and sketches from The Frankenstein Suite, plus the monodrama “The Telltale Heart,” by Kallor, performed in the Catacombs of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Some uncanny musical surprises graced unusual locations both above and below New York City street-level during the early part of Halloween month. Here’s a diary retrospective. Going the Extra Mile Beginning at twilight on six consecutive evenings (October 3 through 8; viewed October 7), Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer David Lang and a host of collaborators presented a unique choral…

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Continuing its longstanding commitment to the Canadian market, the audio specialist opens new facility on Montréal Island Montréal, September 11, 2018 – Sennheiser has opened new offices on the Island of Montréal, a state-of-the-art facility that will house operations, warehousing and marketing functions for the entire Canadian region. The move builds on the audio specialist’s longstanding engagement within the Canadian audio and entertainment markets and reflects the importance of the nation’s rich culture and thriving arts scene. The new location will allow Sennheiser’s employees to enjoy new ways of collaborative working and to address the needs of its Canadian customers…

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In the 1990s, the advent of the MP3 file and of online peer-to-peer file sharing programs ushered in major transformations to the music industry. However, the seeds of this revolution were sown over 50 years prior. Beyond the passage of analogue media such as vinyl and cassette to digital media like CD, the development of digital audio files brought about a dematerialization of music, a phenomenon which can currently be observed in the decline of physical sales. Nowadays music is primarily consumed on portable music players and via streaming services, and is available in a number of different file formats…

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