The Queen by Rega turntable
To celebrate the launch there will also be a Queen turntable. Working together with Rega, the “Queen by Rega” chassis features reproductions of classic Queen logos, including her crest, designed by Freddie Mercury, printed on the platter.
The turntable benefits from the Rega RP1’s hand-crafted RB101 arm, a new high-performance motor that promises minimal vibration and noise, and the Rega Carbon MM cartridge. An upgrade option is also offered with the Rega Bias 2 capsule.
A 108-page hardcover book will accompany the box and each purchase will include the free 320kbps MP3 download. There is no mention of high resolution downloads.
In the days leading up to the release, exclusive editorial content about each album will be published on the Universal Music website.
The Queen: Studio Collection box set will cost £285, while the Queen by Rega turntable will retail for around £350. Both will hit the market on September 25.
The box set features 18 colored vinyl records, with a selection of carefully remastered files, and will be released alongside the “Queen by Rega” turntable.
After five years of development, the Queen: Studio Collection 180g vinyl box set was brought together with the intention of offering “optimal sound quality”, with the necessary care and attention and with the Queen production team closely involved in every step. of process.
Legendary engineer Bob Ludwig was chosen to remaster the entire project, adding to his list of over three thousand titles, before the recordings were cut together at half speed (for accuracy) by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. .
The original recordings were discovered and the best sources for each album and track discussed, before Ludwig created new 24bit/96kHz digital masters, free of errors, pops or any other unwanted noise.
Showell then recorded the acetates and then the masters at Abbey Road, using the half-speed recording technique to ensure the most accurate final product possible.
The vinyl records were then pressed at the Optimal pressing facility in Germany, known for its 180 gram audiophile vinyl collections.
New materials ensure that colored vinyl records do not compromise sound quality – although colored vinyl has traditionally been considered inferior in sound to black records.
The box set features 18 discs covering 15 studio albums. The albums Innuendo and Made in Heaven They were only marketed as vinyl versions, but are presented here in full, divided into four vinyl sides.
Queen II It comes on two discs, one white and one black (referring to the white side and black side of the original edition).
The color of each vinyl has been chosen according to the primary color of the album’s artwork, although you can also purchase each LP individually on black vinyl.