SH Spotlight Photos from one of our Analogue Productions 45 RPM CLASSIC JAZZ mastering sessions

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Oct 4, 2002.

  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    Photos from one of our marathon AP 45 RPM cutting sessions

    Here are some shots taken at AcousTech Mastering for the start of one of our marathon cutting sessions for the limited edition Analogue Productions 45 RPM series of 25 classic jazz albums.

    Photos by RTI master pressman Rich Hashimoto....
     
  2. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    At the early morning start of that day's work. Kevin looks more awake than I do...
     

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  3. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    Here are the stereo master tapes of Thelonious Monk "Brilliant Corners" & The Bill Evans Trio "Live at the Village Vanguard".
     

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  4. Stax Fan

    Stax Fan Active Member

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    MUST be at the start...doesn't look like you've torn out any hair yet! ;) Thanks again for the extra effort.


    (The day is young!) SH
     
  5. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    The Riverside Records' tape masters had their own dedicated tape boxes...
     

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  6. Steve Hoffman

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    Sonny Rollins "Way Out West" side one, fresh from RTI's plating room...
     

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  7. Steve Hoffman

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    Kevin with a fresh lacquer on the lathe, ready for more....
     

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  8. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    Next up, the amazing Ben Webster album & the legendary Miles Davis Quintet "Cookin'"...
     

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  9. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    Close up of Bill Evans Trio "Live At The Village Vanguard" side A tape box. Note original remote recording engineer name on box...
     

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  10. Steve Hoffman

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    The amazing vintage Neumann cutter head...
     

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  11. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    At the end of a long and fruitful day...
     

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  12. Stax Fan

    Stax Fan Active Member

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    I'm beginning to see why EMI had such strict rules of conduct for it's engineers!
     
  13. Angel

    Angel New Member

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    LOL!

    That last shot could be every day around my workplace!

    Since we know that you and Kevin have worked together on and off since 1982, I am sure you both have it down to a science by now.

    By gar, those Creedence LP's you guys did sound so wonderful, I'm sure these 45 RPM titles will be the new reference for all jazz mastering from now on!
     
  14. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

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    Incrediable pictures Steve! Keep em coming. BTW does Karla know you treat your work friends the same at work as you do at home.:laugh: Sorry, couldn't resist.;)
     
  15. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Steve,
    Thanks for sharing your work. :)
     
  16. peterC

    peterC Aussie Addict

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  17. ZIPGUN99

    ZIPGUN99 Active Member

    Cool.

    Acoustic Sounds has a page for it now:
    http://store.acousticsounds.com/fantasyjazz.cfm

    I noticed, too, that Steve mastered to disc an album by double bass virtuoso Gary Karr.
    http://store.acousticsounds.com/store.cfm?Title_ID=1216&do=detail

    It must be tough being the worlds best double bassist. Not too many original pieces for you to solo on. Still easier than being the world's best tubist.

    I have a friend who's a stand up bass player; he used to get excited when Karr soloed with orchestras in new york.
     
  18. Doug Hess Jr.

    Doug Hess Jr. Active Member

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    WOW STEVE!! When I was in High School back in the 70s I did a research paper on how albums were made. The encyclopedia photos and info. pale in comparison to those shots. Thanks!!!
     
  19. Mike V

    Mike V New Member

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    That looks like a load of fun to me Steve. Demanding work sure, but fun! Thanks for showing the Bill Evans tape. Boy, that's my top favorite album of all genres ever. Anyway, what a trip hearing that on 45 will be!
     
  20. Sckott

    Sckott Hand Tighten Only.

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    Thanks for the warning, Steve. I better stop buying vinyl for a while out of the used bins! Plenty to feast on in the future!

    If these go sucessful, I'd love to see what could be done on some rock titles at 45RPM! Wonderful stuff!

    Were the covers already done, or are those just examples?


    ...No. Wait, I can see the AA trademarks on the cover... COOL!
     
  21. Evan L

    Evan L Beatologist

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    Steve,

    Thanks so much for sharing some of your work with us in pictures. Certainly looks more interesting than my job, that's for sure!

    Interesting how these tape boxes end up looking like walls covered in graffitti after being re-mastered so many times!

    MM:D
     
  22. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    Some of the chicken scratch writing on those tape boxes actually comes in handy. We can see how other engineers tackled the music over the years. Inside the boxes are a bunch of notes from the past 40 years as well.
     
  23. John Oteri

    John Oteri New Member

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    Steve,

    Just curious. What ARE those handwritten paragraphs on the back of the Bill Evans/Village Vanguard tape box? Not mastering notes; no numbers, etc. Can you share?
     
  24. Sckott

    Sckott Hand Tighten Only.

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    I can read some of it. Mentions just where to fade out ... Was there anything else? Can you read that?

    "Fade Out IN Applause, very end" and other details on the cuts themselves, and they point to each cut. I can barely read the rest, but it doensn't look like EQ settings. Those might be in the box, not outside.
     
  25. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    Those are just statements saying that the original "clipped" endings are at the end of the reel, and new smooth fade-out pieces have been inserted in their place. IOW, the mastering engineer doesn't have to do a manual fade out on the songs. (In the old days, some mastering consoles did NOT have faders!)
     

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