Special Edition Trek X Soundtrack Out Next MonthBy Caillan
January 2, 2003 - 10:38 AM
Varèse Sarabande will release a special edition of the 'Star Trek Nemesis' soundtrack next month.
Set for release on February 11, the new edition will be a Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) version of Jerry Goldsmith's score, according to the record label's web site. This will be the first time an original film soundtrack has been recorded using Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology and released in the SACD format.
The 'Nemesis' special edition soundtrack will be a "hybrid-multichannel" CD, High Fidelity Review reported. In contrast with the regular stereo release, the new CD contains three different versions of the soundtrack - Multichannel SACD, Stereo SACD and Stereo CD. It can be played using conventional CD systems in addition to SACD players.
"Taking full advantage of all this new technology has to offer, the score for 'Star Trek Nemesis', by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, features a 96-piece orchestra and an extensive array of synthesizers," said the Varèse Sarabande web site. "In 1979 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' became the very first digital recording of a motion picture score. Now, 23 years later, 'Star Trek Nemesis' takes the next quantum leap in recorded music's infinite frontier."
Devised by Sony and Philips, the SACD format reportedly "provides unprecedented sound quality in stereo and discrete multi-channel surround." The DSD technology enables the music to be sampled at a significantly higher rate than a normal CD, creating "an extremely smooth digital waveform with unparalleled frequency response and dynamic range."