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. Mr Bass

    Mr Bass Chevelle Ma Belle

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    Thanks very much for having an open question thread.

    I have the DCC LP of Stokowski doing Villa Lobos and Prokofiev. I wonder why that LP was chosen and was there anything interesting about working on that tape? Thanks again.
     
  2. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    @Steve Hoffman:
    1. What do you feel was your best mastering job?
    2. What inspired you to get into this field?
    3. Have you ever personally met any of the artists you’ve mastered?
     
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  3. broshfab4

    broshfab4 Forum Resident

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    @Steve Hoffman

    Have you met any or all of the Fab Four in person?

    What's the oldest recording you've remastered and what's the newest one?

    Love this thread!!
     
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  4. Embracetheday

    Embracetheday Forum Resident

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    @Steve Hoffman

    A) Can you nudge someone at Acoustic Sounds to do another run of the Charlie Brown Christmas 45rpm? :D

    B) What’s your second-in-line preferred version of this title?
     
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  5. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Forum Resident

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    Are you a coffee drinker? Favorite coffee? Frequency of consumption?

    Favorite foods?

    If you could only listen to music on one stereo receiver for the rest of your life which one would you choose and why?
     
  6. g.z.

    g.z. Forum Resident

    Was work already in progress when the planned Audio Fidelity
    Vince Guaraldi Greatest Hits was jettisoned?
    Did you audition any of the tapes?

    I really wanted that one to be released :shake:
     
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  7. rswitzer

    rswitzer Forum Resident

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    What would you charge to master some recordings my band made decades ago when I was in high school? ;)

    Do you ever get silly requests like this from acquaintances who don't really understand what you do?
     
  8. DPM

    DPM Forum Resident

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    Steve, is there a personal favorite album that got away? By that I mean that the plans were made for you to remaster it, but, for one reason or another, the plans fell through.
     
  9. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    No, Jackson wants added echo.
     
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  10. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    1. I don't think so.

    2. Early in the morning.
     
  11. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    No plans but the fact that SA exists in a non-compressed version is some kind of crazy breakthrough. Hope everyone has their copy.
     
  12. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    It was chosen because it has a three-channel 1/2" tape and a 35mm as well. Can fix bad edits, etc. Also I like the album.
     
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  13. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    All of them.

    I needed to control the sound of my releases better.

    Many!
     
  14. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Yes, three of them, actually.

    Oldest, 1889 Edison brown wax, newest, 4 months ago.
     
  15. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    It's not Acoustic Sounds, it's the licensor that is the stumbling block for a repress.

    Second is the old OJC Fantasy CD from the 1980s.
     
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  16. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I love coffee, never drink it, caffeine drives me bonkers.

    Favorite foods? Anything well prepared that doesn't involve eyeballs or any other gross stuff.
     
  17. Bender Rodriguez

    Bender Rodriguez RIP Exene, best dog ever. 2005-2016

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    What was the big secret project that got cancelled earlier this year? ;)
     
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  18. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I mastered Vince's Greatest Hits from all the original tapes. Then Concord issued something and AF thought it would kill sales so it was scrapped. I have a CD-R but that's all that remains, unless Kevin Gray kept the DSD master.
     
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  19. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I get requests like this all the time. I usually do them if for a good cause, pro bono..
     
  20. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    ALL THINGS MUST PASS
    IMAGINE
    ABBEY ROAD
    THE WHITE ALBUM
     
  21. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Slim Whitman's Weirdest Songs.
     
  22. tdavis0903

    tdavis0903 Forum Resident

    Steve, having done the amazing Who's Next I have collected in all the variations on CD, my question is was it just the era, the bands involved, or the studio personnel like Glyn Johns, that made Olympic Studios so magical? The new Axis SACD is a revelation, and so much of it was done there, so my question.

    When I visited London first time, I HAD to go, it's a wonderful movie theater and cafe now, but wow, what was done there is mind boggling to all SHF member collections.
     
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  23. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Nice room, good gear, expert engineers, producers and musicians. Oh, and no DOLBY A!
     
  24. DPM

    DPM Forum Resident

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    Ouch!!!!!
     
  25. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Almost got the Stones catalog for Gold CD though. That would have been neat. J. Klein was interested but it got too crazy.
     

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