Ancient history II – Mastering

There is a handful or articles I feel truly proud of having written. My research into the mastering of vinyl and early CDs published in 1983 in Hi-Fi News is one of those. The original publication of ‘All Records Are Made Equal…But Some Are Made More Equalised Than Others Part I’ suffered from repro problems on the magazine page that obscured much of the data – though of course my text and analysis was fine. I’ve now rescanned the original Genrad traces and remade the pages to bring Part 1 into line with Part 2.

Both are available to download here: All_records_1 and All_records_2. Interesting how much is still relevant, primitive though the tools were.

Genrad.jpg

SAMPLE GRAPH – ‘Lime House Blues’ from the Proprius double album ‘Jazz at the Pawnshop’ (PROP 7778/9); this is the dashed spectrum. The solid bar spectrum is taken from the single disc recut of highlights issued by ATR (ATR 300). Though average levels are the same (A and F bars) there is more ‘push’ in the 1k to 3.15kHz bands on the ATR recut; the pressings of the ATR issue seem quieter than the Proprius presssing. Difference in low end could be due to different tape machines being used for reply.

Citations:

Präkel, David. “All Records Are Made Equal…But Some Are Made More Equalised Than Others. Part 1.” Hi-Fi News & Record Review 28, no. 7 (1983): 30-3, 36-7.

Präkel, David. “All Records Are Made Equal…But Some Are Made More Equalised Than Others. Part 2.” Hi-Fi News & Record Review 28, no. 8 (1983): 20-1, 24-5.

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