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« on: December 24, 2005, 07:44:48 PM »

The link to read about and purchase his book and matrix (360Surround™ ) device is:

http://community-2.webtv.net/askswd/bookorderinginfo/
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2006, 04:00:00 PM »

The link to purchase the book "Recording the Beach Boys" and matrix (360Surround™ ) device is no longer available.  An expanded version is being written. Date of availability is unknown. ~swd
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 01:33:25 PM »

The link to purchase the book "Recording the Beach Boys" and matrix (360Surround™ ) device is no longer available.  An expanded version is being written. Date of availability is unknown. ~swd
When this was original sold, how much was it?

any updates on the expanded version? Heck, I'd just like to hear about the original book, hadn't heard much of what it contained
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2011, 09:57:41 PM »

The link to purchase the book "Recording the Beach Boys" and matrix (360Surround™ ) device is no longer available.  An expanded version is being written. Date of availability is unknown. ~swd
When this was original sold, how much was it?

any updates on the expanded version? Heck, I'd just like to hear about the original book, hadn't heard much of what it contained
I just wanna hear something about this...does nobody own this?
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"Well, you reached out to me too, David, and I'd be more than happy to fill Bgas's shoes. You don't need him anyway - some of us have the same items in our collections as he does and we're also much better writers. Spoiled brat....."
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2011, 03:20:36 PM »

The link to purchase the book "Recording the Beach Boys" and matrix (360Surround™ ) device is no longer available.  An expanded version is being written. Date of availability is unknown. ~swd
When this was original sold, how much was it?

any updates on the expanded version? Heck, I'd just like to hear about the original book, hadn't heard much of what it contained
I just wanna hear something about this...does nobody own this?

I think it was about $15 - $20.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2011, 06:34:10 PM »

The link to purchase the book "Recording the Beach Boys" and matrix (360Surround™ ) device is no longer available.  An expanded version is being written. Date of availability is unknown. ~swd
When this was original sold, how much was it?

any updates on the expanded version? Heck, I'd just like to hear about the original book, hadn't heard much of what it contained
I just wanna hear something about this...does nobody own this?

I think it was about $15 - $20.
Really?!?!
I figured it'd be a lot more expensive...

wait, isn't there something else to buy with this? I can't remember what it is, a spatz something or other? I can't remember
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~post of the century~
"Well, you reached out to me too, David, and I'd be more than happy to fill Bgas's shoes. You don't need him anyway - some of us have the same items in our collections as he does and we're also much better writers. Spoiled brat....."
-Mikie

"in this online beach boy community, I've found that you're either correct or corrected. Which in my mind is all in good fun to show ones knowledge of their favorite band."- punkinhead
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2011, 12:13:49 AM »

Great work and I hope he does expand it one day. Brian did a LOT in those years and the group atmosphere was heartening. You can hear the care put into those albums.  I just wish he'd make more of those devices. It made my stereo sound great but mine broke.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2011, 01:13:43 AM »

The link to purchase the book "Recording the Beach Boys" and matrix (360Surround™ ) device is no longer available.  An expanded version is being written. Date of availability is unknown. ~swd
When this was original sold, how much was it?

any updates on the expanded version? Heck, I'd just like to hear about the original book, hadn't heard much of what it contained
I just wanna hear something about this...does nobody own this?

I think it was about $15 - $20.
Really?!?!
I figured it'd be a lot more expensive...

The book is 48 A4 pages. More of a pamphlet, but it's still great value as there's just so much info in there. Invaluable.
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2011, 03:07:57 PM »

is there anywhere to buy this book these days? i'd love to read it but it's nowhere to be found from what i can tell.
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2011, 03:08:04 PM »

is there anywhere to buy this book these days? i'd love to read it but it's nowhere to be found from what i can tell.
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"Well, you reached out to me too, David, and I'd be more than happy to fill Bgas's shoes. You don't need him anyway - some of us have the same items in our collections as he does and we're also much better writers. Spoiled brat....."
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"in this online beach boy community, I've found that you're either correct or corrected. Which in my mind is all in good fun to show ones knowledge of their favorite band."- punkinhead
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2011, 03:14:20 PM »

Email Desper about it maybe he can photo copy it for you.
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« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2011, 03:07:25 PM »

Email Desper about it maybe he can photo copy it for you.
Then there's the 360 Surround device that was included with the book. I would kill for one of these devices, or failing that, a high-res Sunflower needle-drop that has gone through the 360 Surround... Dolby Pro Logic II does a decent job on Sunflower and Surfs Up, decoding them to surround, but I'd love to be able to hear them in the 'three-dimensional stereo' that was originally intended. Apparently "Sunflower" was designed to be decoded by an Electro-Voice matrix technology that was very short-lived.

Apparently Mr. Desper engineered "Sunflower" and "Surfs Up" to have incredible stereo separation, but the engineers who cut the original vinyl decided not to use those characteristics. The reason may be due to the fact that when matrix-encoded stereo mixes are "folded" down into mono, there are potential phase issues, and A.M. radio back then was a big mono outlet for music.
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« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2011, 03:13:15 PM »

Mine broke and I so wish he would issue new home versions for it as it made everything sound better in stereo.
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2012, 11:46:51 AM »

Any update on this book availability?
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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2013, 10:28:28 AM »

Put me down for the next edition the second it comes out! 
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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2013, 04:33:49 PM »

I would buy this if it were to become available!
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« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2016, 04:37:24 AM »

Stephen Desper's work rivals Sir George Martin's.   
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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2016, 11:25:16 AM »

Is there a link to buy this?
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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2016, 03:07:41 PM »

No.  It is long out of print as well as obtaining his original spatializer device.
The only way now to access the information is by Mr Despers study videos.

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