Some translations in case anyone doesn't understand every last word. QUOTEAll the material is intact (the firstnine or so episodes were scored and from then on most the cues werere-used or edited again, since most of the sub themes had beenestablished by this point)."Scoring" is the writing of custom music for a film or television. A score differs from a soundtrack for a film or show in that the score is usually the thematic orchestral body whereas the soundtrack usually consists of existing pop songs that were integrated into it. For example, compare the "Back to the Future" score versus its soundtrack. Many musical releases don't differentiate between the two, though, and just generally use the term "soundtrack".So, it sounds like only the first nine or so episodes actually had original music tracks written for them from which they could remaster for the new CD; later episodes probably just used clips edited together from the first nine. QUOTE Anyway, these original reels were bakedand then transferred digitally, where Paul is now sorting out suites,we can give you a clearer idea of the track listing as it takes shape."Baking the reel" is a term for a method of temporarily restoring and improving the playback of content on old, damaged magnetic tapes. Think of VHS or audio cassettes; they are just smaller versions of the big reels that the editors (before digital editing) would have to work with. Over time, the chemicals in the tape absorb moisture from the air and make the tape stick to the playback heads. The sticking can further damage the material as well as cause squealing in the playback. Baking the tape reel is actually quite a literal term, as the tape is placed in a special oven around 60°C to remove the absorbed moisture. Once baked, though, the content needs to be transferred to another medium quickly before it deteriorates again, after which damage will become permanent.The digital transfer is pretty straightforward. Just as all PCs today are capable of producing CD-quality audio from a line-in jack, the studio equipment has similarly equipped devices for capturing audio with very high precision.The "suites" are the groupings of main musical themes. Just as Star Wars has the "Luke and Leia Theme" and the "Imperial March", Star Fleet's music will be broken down into themes and suites for the X-Bomber crew, various planets, traveling themes, and the Imperial Alliance. QUOTE We are running it as a mail order for the moment, as this allows usa higher production budget for a release of this type and to reallyproduce something special.Limiting to custom mail order requests means that the production company doesn't have to produce an excessive quantity of discs and printed media to distribute to the brick-and-mortar retailers. As Gerry said, that saves *tons* of money and allows them to focus their efforts on making quality the priority instead of quantity. QUOTE Once Paul is happy with the content, thefinal recording is off to Italy for a final EQ'ing by a top productionengineer (those old analogue synths still sound glorious!).EQing is short for equalizing. Equalizing is a filtering and amplification process on frequency ranges to optimize the sound for human ears. In short, that's how they adjust the basses (thump thump), mid-tones (la la), and trebles (tweet tweet)."Analogue synths" is short for analogue audio synthesizers or synthesized sounds. Analogue synths use special hardware circuits (timing chips, resistors, and capacitors) to create the signal whereas digital synths are created on computers in software.In general, a synthesizer is a device that generates a custom audio wave. All audio is a series of compressed waves through the air. Analogue devices can trivially be built to create and combine waves to create custom sounds. Most tend to sound "electronic" as they lack the complex harmonies of real instruments. Think back to the old NES and C64 of the 1980s... those gaming consoles had synthesizers for sine waves, square waves, and triangle waves to create all the blips, bloops, and other background music of the classic gaming scene. Lots of 1980s pop music was also powered by similar synthesizers. Much of those sounds coming from the various bands' keyboards were synthesized audio (although some was "sampled", meaning they recorded an actual sound and had the keyboard replay that sound at different pitches). QUOTE If you could thank your members for their orders thus far, andre-assure them that we will be shipping worldwide with this.Which means now Brad can put his fears about worldwide distribution aside and start counting down to March '09. *whew!*I hope that makes everything crystal clear.