• Tone-Pearls Records
    Non-profit Atelier of Music-lovers
    Re-creating the original experience of live performances
  • master tape
    Master Tape
    Second Generation Copy
    Nothing compares to the sound of an original master tape except the sound of the original performance
  • Tone-Pearls
    Tone-Pearls
    The Secret of Music and Tone

Music


As Nietzsche said, without music life would be a mistake. Music is our last connection to the spiritual world. We should save music.

Recordings


Tone-Pearls Records offers some recordings (at cost price) which are able to recreate the original experience of live performances.

Tone-Pearls


Tone-Pearls are small generators of etheric tone, they create an appropriate medium for musical tone.

Available Recording Formats

AAD CD Master

CD and Download

CD can be considered a master CD, every copy was individually created and tested.

AAD HD Master

DVD and Download

HD (high-resolution) audio was converted at 88.2 kHz / 24 bit.

Master Tape

pancake, plastic or NAB metal spool

Second generation copy of the original master tape

More About Us

Tone-Pearls Records is a non-profit atelier of music researchers and music lovers devoted to recreating the original experience of live concerts. We also offer some recordings on master tape and also in digital formats at cost price.

Tone-Pearls, as a practical application, derived from our scientific research of music, tone and hearing. We have developed the Tone-Pearls Recording Technique based on Tone-Pearls using analogue recording with a pair of microphones.

What Our Reviewers Say

Michael Fremer
Michael Fremer, Stereophile

...but the copy [TPRCD1] I have is as fine a piano recording as I've heard on CD

Reviewers

The records of Tone-Pearls Records have been reviewed in some fine magazines:

6moons
Stereophile
Canada Hifi
TNT-Audio

Recording Process

  • 1

    Pre-recording Process

    The right idea of music, performance and musicians -- The right place that suits to the music to be recorded -- The ideal arrangement of musical instruments (and musicians), microphones and recording staff --The placement of Tone-Pearls on different locations of the venue according to the principles of music and space.

    Pre-recording process
  • 2

    Recording to Tape

    Music is captured by just a single pair of AKG C 414 Limited Edition microphones, directly connected to a Nagra IVS reel-to-reel tape recorder with Vovox cables. Music is recorded on RMG SM468 tapes at 15 ips speed.

    Recording to tape
  • 3

    Finalizing Master Tape

    Because the music is recorded direct to stereo, there is no need for mixing or manipulating it after the recording has been made. We do not want to manipulate the recordings in any way. We always use live recording and record entire pieces of music. We never create a track from separate recordings.

    Finalizing master tape
  • 4

    Master Tape Dubbing

    At first we made a first generation copy of the original master tapes using two identical Nagra IVS. The first generation copy was used as a source for later dubbing. The same Nagra IVS, on which the first generation copy was recorded, served as source machine. The target Studer A807 tape recorder was directly connected to the source machine.

    master tape dubbing
  • 5

    Digital Formats

    AAD is an exact first generation digital copy of the master tape. In order to reduce the number of conversions and avoid any additional manipulation, we used two different digital conversions: One for CD audio and one for HD audio. CD audio and hi-res audio files were also converted to Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC), a file format for lossless audio data compression, in order to speed up the download.

    digital formats