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THE MASTERING LAB deadwax info: TML-S, TML-M, TML-X?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by James Glennon, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. James Glennon

    James Glennon Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Dublin, Ireland
    I am nearly positive that there was a post explaining the difference between the S, M and X on the dead wax of LPs from the Mastering Lab.

    If you are out there, will you explain it again, as I cannot find the post, it was within a thread.
    JG
  2. Larpy

    Larpy Active Member

    Location:
    USA
    As I recall, TML-X and TML-M were the 2 primary lathes (seems like someone like Tom Port opined that one sounded better than the other, but I forget the details) and TML-S was a secondary lathe ("slaved" to the "master" lathe).
  3. James Glennon

    James Glennon Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Dublin, Ireland

    Thanks Larpy

    You are on the right track, it was definitely something like that!
    JG
  4. Larpy

    Larpy Active Member

    Location:
    USA
  5. W.B.

    W.B. Well-Known Member

    Location:
    New York, NY, USA
    Which is glad to know. I'd thought up to the time I learned all this, that "M" referred to Mike Reese and "S" was Doug Sax. Moreover, I noticed that all three Scullys at The Mastering Room had the same lead-in and lead-out spacing. I'll have to pay more attention to circa 1980 lacquers (i.e. Neil Diamond's "Love On The Rocks"), being as one lathe used different lead-in spacing from the other.
  6. grumpyBB

    grumpyBB New Member

    Location:
    portland, oregon
    I just wanted to comment on these posts since they came from the thread you linked.

    I remeber reading in the liner notes of one of the Sheffield Lab albums (Missing Link Vol III or Thelma Houston) that they started running 2 lathes at the same time during that session because of the high demand they ran into on an earlier release (Missing Link Vol II?) and something else.