Download of the Week: Amber Rubarth

Sessions From The 17th Ward is Amber Rubarth’s latest release on Chesky Records. While HDtracks refers to her music as folk, there is a wide variety of music on this download with songs written by Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Amber’s own songs accompanied by her guitar. Along with Amber, is Dave Eggar:cello, Chuck Palmer: percussion, and Tim Snider: violin.

The recording was made using Chesky’s new Binaural+ system. The recording is a true 192/24 made with Lars, the dummy head that has two microphones. Special filters are used that produce an exceptional headphone as well as speaker experience. The dynamic range of the recording is outstanding with an overall rating of DR14.

foobar2000 1.1.15 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2012-11-02 09:16:29

Analyzed: Amber Rubarth / Sessions from the 17th Ward
DR    Peak     RMS    Duration Track
DR15    0.00 dB   -20.77 dB    5:41 01-Hold On
DR11   -0.17 dB   -15.63 dB     2:12 02-Don't You
DR16    0.00 dB    -21.16 dB     1:17 03-Strive
DR14    -4.00 dB   -23.13 dB     2:46 04-A Kiss to Build a Dream On
DR15   -0.25 dB   -20.34 dB    2:05 05-Down Home
DR15    -0.44 dB    -19.49 dB    4:57 06-Novocaine
DR13    -5.88 dB    -23.76 dB    1:47 07-Darkest Dark, Brightest Bright
DR19    0.00 dB    -22.84 dB     2:16 08-Tundra
DR15     0.00 dB    -18.64 dB     3:20 09-Good Mystery
DR13     -6.78 dB     -25.22 dB    5:05 10-Washing Day
DR16    -4.61 dB    -26.65 dB     2:16 11-Sneak
DR14     -1.82 dB    -22.14 dB    3:26 12-Full Moon in Paris
DR14     -4.64 dB    -25.10 dB     3:58 13-Just Like a Woman
DR13     -7.12 dB     -25.23 dB     3:39 14-Storms Are On the Ocean

Number of tracks: 14
Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5314 kbps
Codec: FLAC

The recording captures the acoustics of the spacious room in St. Elias Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. And most importantly, Amber is a wonderful singer and composer.

This is the sort of recording we have been demanding from HDtracks; a spacious acoustic with a simple microphone setup capturing the musical event with no dynamic limiting.

Here's a video on the Chesky Binaural+ system.

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192kHz, $30

96kHz, $18

44kHz, $12

(and there are also lossy files available from iTunes and Amazon, as well as a CD)