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. yesstiles

    yesstiles Forum Resident

    Steve, are there test pressings of Jethro Tull's Benefit DCC cd?
     
  2. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host Thread Starter

    Can you restate?
     
  3. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host Thread Starter

    Nope.
     
  4. Ale200

    Ale200 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Steve, which compilations or CDs by Hall & Oates and The Cars would you recommend in terms of mastering?:edthumbs: Give us more than one option, if you can, please:):laugh:
     
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  5. Jaime1972

    Jaime1972 Active Member

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    Steve, what are your favorite CD versions of Pink Floyd albums? Specially, Dark Side of the Moon?
    And I also been wondering, how did you discover your vocation for mastering?:cool:
     
  6. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    The announcer is Don Elliot.

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  7. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host Thread Starter

    Interesting, thanks.
     
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  8. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Location:
    tokyo
    Steve, you have mentioned the Val Valentin’s 1K vamp in his mix down. I guess that this kind of vamps are quite common by a certain time.
    If I am right about it and if you could, could you please elaborate on that matter with examples (like RCA, Columbia, Decca, Mercury, RVG and so on)?
     
  9. van1

    van1 Forum Resident

    Steve,
    Queensryche released a great concept album ‘Operation: Mindcrime’. The mega platinum selling follow up ‘Empire’ was released by DCC with your new mastering.

    Do you know if there was any talk about Operation Mindcrime also being worked on. I ask as the original Operation Mindcrime is considered to have a bit of a flawed production, and would need someone with a certain je ne sais qua to try and fix it
     
  10. Dee Zee

    Dee Zee Forum Resident

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  11. Bocajoe

    Bocajoe Forum Resident

    "Best sounding version of X" can be a rabbit hole, but sometimes the ride down the hole can be enjoyable. Sometimes I am not aware that I own "the best" sounding version of an album and I play it, anyway, and I notice the sound. This happened today with Beggar's Banquet, only I have no idea if the original London USA pressing is considered "the best," but I was blown away by the sound! The same goes for my original Decca US pressing of Tommy. These records are older than I am and, after a spin under the Discwasher brush, they are quiet, dynamic, and just jaw-dropping. Time passed faster when I was listening to them. Anyway, I enjoy this forum, I appreciate your input Steve, but also the input of the larger community. Y'all are truly "in the know." And, I agree 100% with the law of diminishing returns when it comes to gear. I'm always looking for that X/Y intersection of value and sound.
     
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  12. Rock Klammer

    Rock Klammer Formerly pompatusoflove

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    Steve, I’m currently listening to your mastering of the “Best of Bread” and it sounds fantastic! So easy on the ears man! I could listen to it over and over. Was this an easy recording to master? I’m hearing so much rich clear bass. Was this already present on the recording or did you set out specifically to bring this out in the mastering?
     
  13. Steve Hoffman

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    Very easy to work on, fantastic sounding mixes for the most part. A few dogs on there but I adjusted them to sound as nice as the nicest stuff on there..
     
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  14. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host Thread Starter

    Not a clue, sorry.
     
  15. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host Thread Starter

    Not sure what a 1k vamp is. Can you explain?
     
  16. spice9

    spice9 Forum Resident

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    New York, NY
    I'm curious what your opinion is of Ray Davies. Do you consider him one of the rock giants, up there with Lennon, McCartney, Dylan, etc., as I do?

    Favorite Kinks album(s)?
     
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  17. Steve Hoffman

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    I saw his p**** once by accident. Didn't mean to but we were peeing next to each other. I also saw the p**** of Walter Cronkite, also by accident, same deal. Remember this. It's important.
     
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  18. thrivingonariff

    thrivingonariff Forum Resident

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    Like he said, what's your opinion of Ray Davies? :hide:
     
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  19. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

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    I'll take this one.

    Can't speak for The Cars (although their first self-titled album is really all you need) but for Hall & Oates I like the old CD of Rock 'n' Soul Part 1, their first greatest hits album.
     
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  20. Chooke

    Chooke Forum Resident

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    Perth, Australia
    Hmmm, I might have to seek this one out but there are so many best of bread releases. Do you have more details on the Hoffman CD?

    I have the 1988 Pickwick Very Best of Bread CD and that too sounds awesome.
     
  21. pdenny

    pdenny 17-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

    So...rock giant or not? :laugh:
     
  22. Rock Klammer

    Rock Klammer Formerly pompatusoflove

    Location:
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    It’s the Audio Fidelity SACD AFZ5 197. It has a great 4.0 mix on it also. I was referencing the stereo SACD mastering. Sorry, I should’ve been more specific in the original post.
     
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  23. pdenny

    pdenny 17-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

    It's the original 12-track album, Audio Fidelity SACD hybrid with the added bonus of the gorgeous quad mix on top. Trouble is you're gonna need a lot of dough to snag one at this point.

    Bread - The Best Of Bread
     
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  24. George P

    George P Only Love Can Make Love

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    You know that old saying, if you can't can't say something nice about someone, discuss their urine.
     
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  25. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Location:
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    Oops. I meant 1K bump. :o
     

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