August 30th, 2005

Goldfrapp DVD surprisingly good

I bought the Limited Edition Goldfrapp Supernature CD/DVD set because I figured there would be enough on it to satisfy the rabid Goldfrapp fan. I wasn't expecting much, as I had heard that it would have a documentary and an animation on it. Then they announced there would be a 5.1 mix of the album as well, but I really didn't think much of it.

The documentary and the animation (basically an animated video for Fly Me Away) were decent, but that only really accounts for a bit more than 15 minutes of fun. What really impressed me though was the album portion of the DVD. This part includes three different audio tracks, an uncompressed LPCM stereo track, a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital mix and a 5.1 channel DTS mix.

Just the LPCM track is a bit better than the CD getting a bit more depth from being at 48khz, but what was really impressive was the DTS mix. I've heard lots of people rave about the quality of DTS sound for movie DVDs, but I really hadn't noticed a significant difference before, other than a bit more dynamic range. And I 'd also heard 5.1 mixes of album tracks, but they tended to be afterthoughts where they applied some echo to the rear channels and mixed only vocals to the center track, nothing really exceptional.

But the 5.1 DTS mix of Supernature is very impressive. The sound quality, dynamic range and depth is really quite amazing, and it's clear that they actually did a real bottom up 5.1 mix of the album, not just some reprocessing of it after the fact. It might also have something to do with the bandwidth they gave it also. A typical DTS soundtrack for a movie tops out at around 768kbps. This mix is given 1536kbps to work with.

If you've got a 5.1 DTS system, I highly recommend the Limited Edition DVD of this album to give your ears a real treat.