Debunking Highway to Hell 440hz Tuning

09 Feb Debunking Highway to Hell 440hz Tuning


Kyle Cyr

Hi everyone.... I am 23 and have been studying and learning the guitar for about 7 years or more and have really become attached to AC/DC and all classic rock in general and just can get enough. I recently fulfilled one of my dreams and purchased my dream Guitar a 1970 Gibson SG which I live to death and have yet to play a better guitar. Solodallas (Fil) has been a big influence in my playing and learning from the begining and now this site will keep the journey going. Rock On Fil :)

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    Posted at 07:18h, 12 February

    I can’t hear a difference between the digital versions and this for the most part. Beatin’ Around the Bush sounds more normal on the Aus vinyl, but besides that I can’t hear much of a difference. Is it possible that we could get a rip of the first pressing uploaded for closer listening?

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      Posted at 23:44h, 12 February

      You can’t tell a difference? If your in 440hz tuning and strum your guitar along with walk all over you the MP3 version you can’t it sounds way off between the 2 but you can play along with the record…..Highway to hell is not off by much so harder to tell but touch to much and if you want blood you can tell for sure. No there’s not much of a difference between the 2 records so hard to tell but between either record and the cd noticeable difference for sure.

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    Posted at 10:47h, 11 February

    Well Kyle,
    you know we discussed this several times. Why, you ask. Don’t know. They would know for sure, if they remember. But at the end of the day I am not sure this is very important. It could have been because they did not have a tuner in the studio; and that between takes (this does happen) guitars would get un-tuned and then had to be retuned randomly; or it could have been that Bon’s voice sounded different – I tend to go this route. I tend to go the route that it was done in post production, slowing down the tape speed – hence pitch – to make Bon sound different (more devilish maybe, etc.). Good thinking!

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      Posted at 17:33h, 11 February

      Yeah there’s lots of reasons this could be but I wonder why would the records would be in mostly 440 but the cd’s not.

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        Posted at 18:39h, 11 February

        Didn’t this sometimes happen not-entirely-on-purpose? I know many of Robert Johnson’s original recordings were sped up in transfer between mediums, not necessarily for a specific purpose. Many artists that were transferred from wax to tape had this affect their recordings as well.

        If most of the records are in 440 but the cassettes/CDs are not, this could be an answer, but Im not sure. I guess they either tried it and liked it, or it happened accidentally and they liked it. Its an interesting inconsistency, but I wouldn’t guess there’s a huge mystery there

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    Posted at 21:02h, 10 February

    Yeah he does!

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    Posted at 05:49h, 10 February

    God, Bon Scott sounds freaking great on this album.

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    Posted at 00:34h, 10 February

    Hope you guys enjoy the video I made and would love to hear your input on this as well as I know we have talked about this before on here many times 🙂

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