Devon, England (May 14, 2010)--When the multitrack master could not be found, PenteoSurround processing saved the day during the 5.1 remastering of King Crimson's second album.
King Crimson, respected pioneer of British progressive rock, is remastering and releasing the band's catalogue in 5.1. The group's co-founder, Robert Fripp, chose Simon Heyworth to master the project at his Super Audio Mastering studios in southwest England. Engineer (and founder of the band Porcupine Tree) Steven Wilson remixed the album in 5.1 from original multitrack masters, except for a few crucial tracks available only in stereo.
"The problem we have faced with 'The Devil's Triangle' is our inability to find the original multi-tracks, leaving us with the original stereo mix," commented Fripp in his online DGM Records diary. "Simon's masterly touch, along with Penteo, has polished the job."
When Fripp and Heyworth were completing the new special edition 5.1 re-elease of the group's second album, 1970's In the Wake of Poseidon, they needed to upmix the original stereo mix of "The Devil's Triangle" (parts I, II, and III). After extensive research into the options for stereo to 5.1 upmixing, they chose PenteoSurround over all other processors.
"PenteoSurround is stable, sonically accurate and free from the phase problems associated with other methods," explained Heyworth. "It is quite simply the best upmixer I have ever heard."
Heyworth originally established his reputation in recording at Virgin's Manor Studios, most notably as co-producer of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. He gained years of experience working as a mastering engineer in London, before establishing his own innovative mastering studio in 2002 specializing in Stereo and Surround Mastering.
Robert Fripp, guitarist, composer and producer, is best known as King Crimson's only constant member of the band. His work, spanning four decades, encompasses a variety of musical styles. Fripp was ranked 42nd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."