PenteoSurround in the court of the Crimson King

Super Audio Mastering’s Simon Heyworth is employing PenteoSurround processing technology for work on an extensive series of 5.1 reissues by King Crimson. The phased reissue programme marks the iconic group's 40th anniversary.
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Super Audio Mastering’s Simon Heyworth is employing PenteoSurround processing technology for work on an extensive series of King Crimson 5.1 reissues. Working from his own facility in Devon, Heyworth is remastering the iconic band’s back catalogue in close cooperation with group co-founder Robert Fripp. Porcupine Tree member and solo artist Steven Wilson has also been involved in the long-term project for Fripp’s DGM label, remixing various Crimson albums in 5.1 audio from the original multitrack masters. In a few instances, the original multi-tracks could not be located, obliging Fripp and Heyworth to rely on the original stereo mixes. This proved to be the case with ‘The Devil’s Triangle’ from 1970’s In the Wake of Poseidon. After extensive research into the options for stereo to 5.1 mixing, Heyworth opted to use PenteoSurround to accomplish the new surround version. “PenteoSurround is stable, sonically accurate and free from the phase problems associated with other methods. It is quite simply the best up-mixer I have ever heard,” he said. Marking the 40th anniversary of King Crimson, the phased reissued programme began last year with 5.1 editions of 1969’s classic debut, In the Court of the Crimson King, 1970’s transitional Lizard, and Red, the high-impact 1974 recording that preceded a seven-year hiatus before the band regrouped around Fripp and new vocalist/guitarist Adrian Belew in 1981.



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