Should the mastering process be spelled out on vinyl?

September 14, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

8 comments on “Should the mastering process be spelled out on vinyl?”

  1. Seeing you talking to us from music room?, Paul, it looks as if there is a decent acoustic treatment of the side walks but no treatment of the rear wall and the listing seats are relatively near to the rear wall – both a no go following audiophile standards. Or do you really require direct first sound reflections from the bare rear wall for getting the “magic” of sound detached from the loudspeakers?

  2. Makes a lot of sense Paul. Maybe make a few more master tapes too simultaneously while transferring to DSD so the purity of analog is also preserved on a state of the art tape.

  3. Truth of the matter when it comes to classic recordings is few master tape recordings have more than about 70 db of dynamic range and many have less so whether you transfer that to LP, CD, or DSD you’re only getting whatever dynamic range was originally recorded. The original master tape and first pressing LP’s remain the best quality though not the most convenient way to playback. When converting those to digital at best you can do is achieve the quality of the original analog recording with hopefully no “digital sound” detected. Preservation of those original tapes are very important. First pressing LP’s followed by DSD are the best. LP’s if you are a purest analog lover.

      1. Good morning Paul!
        I really admire you for telling the truth man!
        Sense I started working for DCF or if you will, Department Of Children And Families of Florida, I found quite a lot of things wrong with the Florida system.
        Some of it, I knew before I became an agent working for them.
        But I didn’t really know how bad off the system was, until I became apart of it.
        But about the worry of getting shot.
        I spoke out about a lot of things that I found wrong with the system. But the moment that I started speaking out against the things that I found wrong, there was a threat of me getting fired because I spoke my mind about the things that I saw going on inside the Florida State system.
        There are quite a lot of things that they don’t want you, the people that has to rely upon the system to know.
        One matter that I will point out to you, is this one.
        Let’s just say that, you wanted to apply for food stamps, and you don’t own a computer.
        But you do have a phone.
        But now, let’s just ssay, that the phone that you have, isn’t a smart phone.
        And also, let’s say, that you don’t have transportation of any kind.
        You call them up only to be told, “we can send you a paper application in the mail.”
        But now, let’s just say that, you are an elderly blind man or woman.
        How does that work for you, if you can’t see to feel it out?
        But ask them about that, forget about them telling you the truth about what’s going on, because it won’t happen.
        And the crazy thing about this is, your tax dollars are paying for this disfunctioning system.
        I’m the only DCF agent that tries my best to help the people out, that really needs the help.
        I look at audio in this same kind of light.
        The more that people know about what’s going on, the better.
        There are a lot of records out there, but most people don’t even know anything about how they were made.
        I love that about you man!
        You try your best to let us all know how you and your companies do every single thing!
        Most record companies won’t even do that for the people that buys them from them.
        Keep up the good work man!

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