Published on 03-16-2014 11:47 AM
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Recording production, until the advent of digital recording, ALWAYS required transfers or analog copying. There is only one session master and everything downstream from it suffers from generation loss. When Scot Hull or Part-Time Audiophile says things like "one-off of a one-off" in his recent post after hearing the UHA playback of an International Phonograph "master tape copy", he's putting some polite spin on the concept of generation loss. Nothing delivered to consumers on analog tape back in the heyday of analog tape or with today's revamped recorders and techniques will sound as good as the original session master.
And you will never get your hands on that original session tape. You might be fortunate enough to get chance to experience playback from the production master but that rarely happens outside of a mastering facility.
I spent 13 years running my own mastering facility and during those years I worked on both new and archival projects. One of the most memorable was the remastering of the classic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" album, which was produced by William E. McEuen (the older brother of John McEuen, the banjo player in the band) in 1972. I've known both of these guys for decades and have been fortunate enough to work on a number of projects with them over the years.