SH Spotlight I'm asked stuff: Favorite mastering engineer, best BOSTON CD, best TRAVELING WILBURYS CD, etc..

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. mdm08033

    mdm08033 Senior Member

    Based on that information, would it be correct to write that the 2002 Sin City The Very Best Of The Flying Burrito Bros is the last word on a CD of the Gram era Burritos? The Flying Burrito Bros - Sin City The Very Best Of The Flying Burrito Bros
  2. bmoregnr

    bmoregnr Forum Rezident

    1060 W. Addison
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  3. mdm08033

    mdm08033 Senior Member

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  4. hvbias

    hvbias Midrange magic

    Steve do you know if MFSL's Simon & Garfunkel Bookends was a flat transfer or just minimalist intervention from MFSL? I picked up a cheap copy of this recently and it sounds really good and natural unlike many of their interventionist EQ masterings (the better my stereo and room/treatments get the more many of these sound bad). I seem to recall you saying MFSL Disraeli Gears was a flat transfer which is why I bought that one a couple of years ago, really great sound on it given the limitations of the recording.
  5. Cast Iron Shore

    Cast Iron Shore Forum Resident

    Hi Steve. In your 2017 comment linked below you mention that the Stevie Wonder CD of Innervisions sounds most like a flat transfer of the master tape as compared to the MFSL and AF masterings. Is it the case with all the Tamla/Motown CDs of his classic period (that they are likely flat transfers of the master tapes}? Thanks in advance.

    Stevie Wonder - Innervisions - your favorite mastering?
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  6. Pinknik

    Pinknik Senior Member

    @Steve Hoffman

    Hi, Steve. I apologize if this has been asked already. (Hell, I may have asked it before.) How important is track by track azimuth alignment when transferring an old analog master? I assume the potential is there for it to be different on a track by track basis, especially if the master was assembled from various times or studios. During real time transferring to lacquer I imagine track by track isn't possible, so do you compensate with EQ? For digital mastering, or transferring to a safety, you could take the time to do so, but how important is it? Would it be done by ear, by scope or both? Easy or difficult? Just curious. Thanks.
  7. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    Well, if it's an album that was turned in, all mixed at the same time, the tones at the head (or tail) would be accurate for the entire album.

    However, if the album is a comp, like you said, (stereo, of course) the possiblily for AZ f*** ups is big. So if I had to cut a side and I know for a fact that the AZ needs changing between songs, I would either make an adjusted flat dupe and cut from that, or, if it's possible, disassemble the album side on to two reels and use two machines while cutting live. While one song is playing and being cut, the second song is being adjusted for AZ and so on. I don't have to tell you what a royal pain in the butt that is to do. Having to cut up a side of an LP tape like that is last resort.
  8. bonsaipark

    bonsaipark Turn me on, Redmond

    Has there ever been an explanation for why Intervention's 2 reissues were so dramatically duller or muddier than any previous reissue? I can understand wanting to boost the bass a bit but other reissues managed to do that without lopping off nearly all of the high frequencies.
  9. bmoregnr

    bmoregnr Forum Rezident

    1060 W. Addison
    They are from copy tapes so there’s that as far as potentially duller or muddier. There’s less top end but it’s more how I would expect is on the tape myself based on the more organic music style; just more couched within the mids rather than riding high up top. I’ve never compared to any original vinyl however so I can’t truly say; and likewise I think many of the other releases including the very good Sin City Best Of have a treble boost, so I probably don’t subscribe to the point in your question. I don’t find them dull or muddy in the least; certainly different though. All just my opinion of course, there’s plenty of room for other opinions in this pool.

    You’ve given me inspiration to play those tonight thanks much.
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  10. mBen989

    mBen989 Senior Member

    Scranton, PA
    Heaven forbid you send a label back a "DO NOT USE" tape with fresh splices.
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  11. snkcube

    snkcube Forum Resident

    San Francisco, CA
    Hey Steve, is this your handwriting on this Buddy Holly tape box in the video below (at about 7:00)?

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  12. Big Boy

    Big Boy Well-Known Member

    Farmington, MN
    At the risk of making a fool of my self....who is the narrator on this video?
  13. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

    Milwaukee, WI
    Michael Fremer.
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  14. Evan

    Evan Senior Member


    I have a question about the Del Rack title Freddie King, "Key to the Highway", DRZ-920. Is there anything unique about this CD (similar to the Leon Russell Delta lady DRZ-918) or does it just use the same mastering as the Freddie King DCC CDs.
  15. mdm08033

    mdm08033 Senior Member

    Barely related. I just bought a used copy of The Best Of Freddie King on DCC and it sounds perfect.

    Happy listening, Michael
  16. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    I cannot remember, sorry. It’s not a remix or anything.
  17. Evan

    Evan Senior Member

    Thanks. I suspected as much. Just wanted to confirm.
  18. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    A longer one. If you are still checking this.

    45 rpm, 7" singles. Vinyl vs. Styrene.

    I've found 45s need a good clean. They are completely unprotected in their paper sleeves and generally arrive with 30, 40, 50 years of crud and dust in them.

    For styrene singles, I look for "NM" or "unplayed" old stock. Or ones that just look like they have not seen much play.

    Before playing they always get a four phase cleaning routine on a VPI 17, using cotton cosmetic remover pads, cut to size, clipped onto toothbrushes. Yes, really.
    1. start with an iso-propyl alcohol cleaning solution;
    2. Audio Intelligent Enzyme solution - to get rid of any mold or other residues
    3. Audio Intelligent Archival - non alcohol - cleaner
    4. Triple distilled water rinse

    This is the most effective cleaning regimine I have found. Regularly changing the cotton pads when they go brown or black.

    I think this is why singles and styrene get a bad rap on the sound quality. They have so much crud on them, the stylus is grinding its way through and over the crud.

    I am finding that all else, more or less, equal, the styrene is actually sounding better than the vinyl. So long as the styrene is relatively virginal and has not been abused by some 5 or 10 gram tracking force cartridge. Or other abuse.

    Q1. What is your opinion?
    Is the styrene as good as or better than vinyl?

    I'm wondering why it is. It occurred to me that because styrene is a more rigid material than vinyl, when the stylus tracks through vinyl, the vinyl walls and grooves "give" a little. Whereas styrene is a harder material and just does not "give" at all. So physically, from a materials perspective, you may be getting better sound reproduction.

    Q2. Cartridge. Am I chewing up the styrene?
    I am using a line contact stylus cartridge - a Lyra Atlas Lambda SL set at 1.7 g. tracking force. So far as I know, I spent some time on it, it's pretty much perfectly aligned, plus I set a 92 degree angle on the diamond, using a digital microscope. The cartridge does not seem to be chewing up the grooves, but is it?

    Over the past couple of years, I've become a real fan of 45s. When clean, they can sound amazingly good. Tend to be cut with a tonne of headroom. Fidelity, on some of them, is just amazing.
  19. mBen989

    mBen989 Senior Member

    Scranton, PA
    What's your favorite CD of Tommy?
  20. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    I'm sorry, no idea. I haven't played Tommy since 1989.
  21. John Buchanan

    John Buchanan I'm just a headphone kind of fellow. Stax Sigma

    Try this one for the original mix (with a live concert on the second CD).
    The Who - Tommy
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  22. Nostalgist

    Nostalgist The Great Stone Face

    Do you mean on CD or does that include vinyl too?
  23. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    Would you be able to parlay any details for the mastering on the Cliff Richard collection 1976-1994? I just bought a copy!
  24. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    Ah, the Neumann microphone. The cause of lopsided recordings for 80 years!
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  25. George P

    George P Notable Member

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