On 11/10/2015 9:31 PM, Aaron Levinson wrote:
> I own 3 turntables, one more for 78, a Tascam pro cassette deck, a DAT, a reel to reel. I often transfer rare grooved media to CD for clients and friends. I recently played back a DAT master done by Toby Mountain and compared it to finished CD goods and as Tom suggested it was virtually impossible to distinguish the master from the commercial release...
On digital formats that's easily done, though a lot of times it doesn't
happen because someone decided to mess with the signal.
But I digress. I came across a phenomenon that was more startling. I
recently digitized an LP from 1966, John Renbourn's "Another Monday" on
Transatlantic Records (a UK label). Transatlantic, about 15 years ago,
issued a Renbourn retrospective CD called "Vol. 1: The Soho Years". For
grins I compared the tune "Another Monday" on that disc to my burned CD
of the digitized LP and, friends, I could not hear a jot of difference
between them. As another engineer friend said to me, "You got a double
miracle there: someone cut the LP from the master tape without ****ing
with it, and someone mastered the CD the same way."
Mind you, this is the only instance I can cite (other than a couple of
other cuts that appear on both that LP and the compendium CD). But it's
evidence that it CAN happen.
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