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. C6H12O6

    C6H12O6 Senior Member

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    What do you think of the 2004 CD remasters that were flat transfers of the EQ'ed LP masters (a choice on their part to match the original vinyl)? These the ones to get?
     
  2. JamesD1957

    JamesD1957 Forum Resident

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    I spent a Saturday afternoon awhile back reading what seemed like 1000 pages devoted to the song "A Hard Day's Night". A lot of moaning about the remasters having some issue with the opening chord, and then there was a lot of discussion about tube vs. solid stage, warm vs. clinical, etc.... It just kept going, and it seemed like some tempers were flaring. My question to you...….Do you ever read any of those type of threads for entertainment purposes? Maybe a good head shake or two? Are there any threads (no member names need to be mentioned) that you've gotten a lot of sinister enjoyment out of? ;)

    I know that you are an audiophile, but you seem to have a great deal of common sense when it comes to listening to music and deciding what you like or don't like. I find that in itself admirable.
     
  3. danielbravo

    danielbravo Forum Resident

    Location:
    Caracas. DC
    Wooo ... this is a luxury job (always dream of something like that, really). Life took me on other paths.
    This must have been a great experience, something you do not forget
     
  4. 2trackmind

    2trackmind Forum Resident

    Location:
    MA
    How often do you use a first pressing (LP or CD) copy of an album as a reference when working on a remastering project?
     
  5. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Every time.
     
  6. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Same price. Different people.
     
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  7. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I have no idea, I just have the LPs.
     
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  8. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Well, **** ups like the opening chord of AHDN are just operator error, no excuse, really. So, I read a thread like that as far as I can, then it gets too frustrating. There are ways around damaged tapes, etc. but I don't understand why they are not used. So, no, those threads are not entertainment, more of a frustration to me. I can only read so much..
     
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  9. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    It's hard to forget that, especially as I was so young. Burned into me brain..
     
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  10. frightwigwam

    frightwigwam Talented Amateur

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    Why do Audiophile CD reissues cost so much more than a standard reissue?
     
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  11. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Licensing costs.
     
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  12. tdavis0903

    tdavis0903 Shine A Light

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    Steve, are you a music book reader? I especially enjoy books on classic rock that include some nuts and bolts on the recording and even mastering process. Richie Unteberger as an example goes there in his work.

    I am waiting for Kenney Jones and Roger Daltrey book releases, should be interesting views on some great bands and these guys somewhat uncomfortable crossing of paths in The Who.
     
  13. Sam

    Sam Senior Member

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    Rochester, NY
    I love to hear stories as to what great lengths you went to to find the actual master tape. If memory serves me, wasn't Jethro Tull's Aqualung master tape in Ian Anderson's barn?! Lol. Can you share some adventure stories on the craziest places actual tapes were found? And sadly, some tapes are still MIA like Steely Dan masters.
     
  14. recklessczar

    recklessczar Forum Resident

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    Bay Shore NY
    !?
    Is this photo correct? You are a LEFTY!!!!o_O
     
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  15. Disionity

    Disionity Forum Resident

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    Missouri, USA
    Recently graduated high school, and thinking about my future. I'd love to get into your field of work. Is there any advice you have with regards to breaking into this industry? Considering there's no field of study or degree that qualifies one for a job like this, does it really come down to being at the right place, at the right time, and knowing the right people?
     
  16. steve_miller

    steve_miller Forum Resident

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    Chicago,IL
    Nice to see some fellow fans out there.
    Thought I was the only one...
     
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  17. tootull

    tootull Cats are on the upgrade

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    Can't find a damn thing...
    The Attic - Jethro Tull

    Steve Hoffman, Part 2
     
  18. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Licensing costs are just one factor. The cost of the production itself - the graphic design, mastering time, etc. costs money, plus there are makeready costs involved in setting up the manufacturing of the cover and disc. A major label release with wide distribution and a large pressing run is able to absorb those costs a lot better than a limited edition pressing of a few thousand copies, hence a higher price tag for the consumer.
     
  19. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    What's the best food for a mastering engineer? :cool:
     
  20. The big clock gives it away; it's in the correct orientation.
     
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  21. tootull

    tootull Cats are on the upgrade

    Location:
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    The important question...How much is that doggie in the window?
    The one with the waggly tail...best version.
     
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  22. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    It is too bad that Barbra Streisand's team went for the No-Noised sound of other engijeer
    Patti Page's Golden Hits CD on Mercury or the Patti Page Collection 2 CD series, also on Mercury are what to get.
     
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  23. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I am.
     
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  24. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Whatever is being served. We’re not picky.
     
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  25. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    On that early CD compilation on Mercury. Right from the mono original. @Michael sent it to me once. Forgot the name of the disk. Something like "Million Selling Oldies" with a cheesy pic of a girl in a bathing suit on the cover. A very early CD.

    In case you really wanted to know.
     

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