Mike Mettler

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Mike Mettler Posted: Feb 25, 2009 0 comments
K-Scope
Music ••••½ DVD-Audio Mix ••••• Extras ••••½
The once and future king of surround has done it again - or,
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Mike Mettler Posted: May 01, 2012 0 comments

Sound+Vision is honored to present an exclusive 10-minute interview clip with Storm Corrosion, the explosive new collaboration between Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt and Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson. SC's self-titled debut comes out next Tuesday, May 8, in a variety of S+V-friendly formats.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Apr 09, 2004 0 comments

The longtime E Street Band guitarist and Sopranos heavy (hello, Silvio) meets ME in Las Vegas to discuss his Sirius satellite radio gig and why CDs are "the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the public.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments
As someone once said, "I see that we meet again." Here we are, 40 years after Woodstock, the festival you were recruited to record onsite.
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Mike Mettler Posted: Oct 09, 2008 0 comments

I find it interesting that you chose to start releasing The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on DVD (Time Life) with a collection of the best episodes from Season 3 (1968-69). That's the season we got fired from CBS. I was very, very, very reluctant to put this show out on home video.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3 comments
“Once we had dipped our toe in the water, it set us on a course to have a much bigger, much more robust, and not-so-introspective sound.” Roland Orzabal is describing the veritable aural sea change he and his Tears for Fears creative partner and bandmate Curt Smith underwent while recording Songs From the Big Chair, the 1985 followup to 1982’s The Hurting, their highly influential minimalist electronic-music confessional debut platform. In celebration of the album’s 30th anniversary, Mercury/Universal has released a six-disc Big Chair box set that includes scores of demos, alternate takes, live sessions, and a documentary DVD, but the no-contest audiophile grail is Disc 5, a Blu-ray containing the 96-kHz/24-bit surround-sound mix of the original album done by none other than the super-guru of 5.1 himself, Steven Wilson. “I love this mix,” says Smith. “You get a far greater spectrum of sound, and the low end is definitely improved.” I recently got on the horn across the Pond with Orzabal and Smith, both 53, to discuss the benefits of listening to Big Chair in high-res and what they’d like to do next in 96/24 and 5.1 (hint: the Seeds have been planted). Funny how time flies.
Mike Mettler Posted: Oct 09, 2013 0 comments
Performance
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The potent combo of married co-bandleaders guitarist/vocalist Susan Tedeschi and slide-guitar maestro Derek Trucks and nine (or so) of their closest friends hits its stride on group album number three, Made Up Mind. Mind shows how TTB has finally forged the right blend of improv interplay prowess and gutbucket roots rock.
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Mike Mettler Posted: Oct 02, 2008 0 comments
Warner
Movie •••½ Picture •••• Sound •••• Extras •••½
Can a great TV drama have an endoskeleton
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Mike Mettler Posted: May 15, 2014 Published: May 14, 2014 2 comments
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"The best way to listen to Led Zeppelin is off of the analog tapes, but unfortunately, I can’t invite you around to listen to them." That's Jimmy Page, answering my question about whether vinyl was still the best way to experience the mighty Zeppelin's music at the press conference that followed the Led Zeppelin Deluxe Editions Listening Event Page hosted at the Crosby Street Hotel Screening Room in New York on May 13. Page also confirmed that he's done "really, really high-resolution files for whatever system comes next" and that 96kHz/24-bit files will be accessible via download cards in each of the Deluxe Edition box sets of the first three Led Zeppelin studio albums being released by Atlantic/Swan Song on June 3. Event moderator Robin Hurley further confirmed that all of the Zeppelin studio tracks from those three album packages coming to HDtracks.com will be 96/24. (Live tracks will be at 48/24.)

Mike Mettler Posted: Sep 18, 2012 0 comments

“Anything that we sit down in, we’re good at.” This is Steven Wilson, 5.1 mixmaster nonpareil, discussing two of the gold medals that Great Britain won in the Summer Olympics — one in cycling, the other in rowing. If there were Olympic medals given for achievement in surround-sound mixing, then Wilson would own more golden hardware than Michael Phelps has collected a dozen times over.

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