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Limited digitally remastered thirteen CD box set that contains the 10 albums originally released by The Beatles in mono (1963's Please Please Me up through 1968's The White Album) plus two further discs of mono singles masters. As an added bonus, the mono Help! and Rubber Soul discs also include the original 1965 stereo mixes, which have not been previously released on CD. These albums will be packaged in mini-vinyl CD replicas of the original sleeves with all original inserts and label designs retained. At the beginning of the '60s, stereophonic recordings were just coming into their own but many households didn't own stereophonic record players. In most cases, an album would originally be mixed in mono for mass consumption and then separately mixed in stereo for those with modern equipment. As the '60s wore on, mono mixes became secondary over stereo and then were eventually abandoned altogether. The Beatles' first 10 albums were mixed twice: once in mono and then in stereo. The mono mixes were sometimes strikingly different to the stereo mixes, which has ensured their collectability over the years. This box contains all the officially released Beatles mono mixes in one limited edition box set. Capitol.
Re-mastering the Beatles catalogue
The re-mastering process commenced with an extensive period conducting tests before finally copying the analogue master tapes into the digital medium. When this was completed, the transfer was achieved using a Pro Tools workstation operating at 24 bit 192 kHz resolution via a Prism A-D converter. Transferring was a lengthy procedure done a track at a time. Although EMI tape does not suffer the oxide loss associated with some later analogue tapes, there was nevertheless a slight build up of dust, which was removed from the tape machine heads between each title.
From the onset, considerable thought was given to what audio restorative processes were going to be allowed. It was agreed that electrical clicks, microphone vocal pops, excessive sibilance and bad edits should be improved where possible, so long as it didn't impact on the original integrity of the songs.
In addition, de-noising technology, which is often associated with re-mastering, was to be used, but subtly and sparingly. Eventually, less than five of the 525 minutes of Beatles music was subjected to this process. Finally, as is common with today's music, overall limiting - to increase the volume level of the CD - has been used, but on the stereo versions only. However, it was unanimously agreed that because of the importance of The Beatles' music, limiting would be used moderately, so as to retain the original dynamics of the recordings.
When all of the albums had been transferred, each song was then listened to several times to locate any of the agreed imperfections. These were then addressed by Guy Massey, working with Audio Restoration engineer Simon Gibson.
Mastering could now take place, once the earliest vinyl pressings, along with the existing CDs, were loaded into Pro Tools, thus allowing comparisons to be made with the original master tapes during the equalization process. When an album had been completed, it was auditioned the next day in studio three - a room familiar to the engineers, as all of the recent Beatles mixing projects had taken place in there - and any further alteration of EQ could be addressed back in the mastering room. Following the initial satisfaction of Guy and Steve, Allan Rouse and Mike Heatley then checked each new re-master in yet another location and offered any further suggestions. This continued until all 13 albums were completed to the team's satisfaction.
I was one of the infidels who didn't really believe all the hype about the "masterful remastering". I thought it was just the corporate worms in Apple trying to chivvy us into... Read morePublished 18 months ago by William McQueen
....if I had a million stars to give for this box I certainly would. To get all the MONO stuff in one elegant package like this is a dream come true. Well done Apple, well done. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2013 by Bootsy Bass
I purchased this for my mother as a Christmas gift and she was NOT disappointed. We opted to go with the mono versions because this is how she remembered the Beatles growing up. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2013 by Adam
Received the box set for Xmas 2 years ago. Really impressed with the remastering. As other people have stated, you really have to be a beatle nut to call this a must have. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2012 by chuck
Sorry I took so long to write ,the Beatles box set was in perfect condition and came way faster than I expected.Thanks again,I will spread the word.The sound quality is stunning. Read morePublished on April 26 2011 by big c
I'll be brief here, mainly because this is The Beatles and this music is so ingrained into everybody's minds now. Read morePublished on March 24 2011 by LeBrain
while it is fascinating to pore through these mono mixes and thrill to the sounds pouring out of the speaker(s), I have concluded for myself that the separation and clarity is... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2011
I will not address the music because it is self evident. Having heard Rubber Soul in 'stereo' (too much left-right), I knew Mono was the way to go. Read morePublished on May 12 2010 by Robert C. Jones