11th May 2017
Oxford Audio's famous Music Club featuring Santana Abaxas on 45rpm Mobile Fidelity vinyl
The debut release in Mobile Fidelity's exclusive and brand new 'one-step lacquer to vinyl' process.
This Premier UltraDisc One-Step 45rpm release is mastered from the Original Master Tapes and reaches sonic heights never before achieved by analogue.
(Unless you heard the actual original lacquer played at our 'Lost Recordings' event!)
Kindly lent to us by a customer who says it's simply stunning - as do all the reviews below.
We will play it on the brilliant new SME Model 15 turntable with the top of the range SME V tonearm and superb Ortofon Cadenza Blue cartridge. An £11,500 marriage made in heaven!
Santana's iconic Abraxas, the debut release in the exclusive UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) series, reaches three-dimensional sonic and emotional heights never before attained by analogue recordings on this extremely limited 180g 45RPM vinyl 2LP box set. Created in finite batches for the ultimate in sound quality, UD1S uses a one-step lacquer process that yields vinyl with the lowest-possible noise floor, exponentially greater details, and significantly enhanced dynamics.
Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity _The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System_ and exclusively limited to 2500 copies, this ultra-hi-fi audiophile edition sold out well before the release date at £110 a copy & they now fetch £500 - mind you a lot cheaper than 'the lost recording' lacquer at £6,300! It literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music of this 1970 masterpiece, which spent six weeks at No1 in the charts and spawned the cosmic staple "Black Magic Woman."
Tone Audio Recording of the Year 2016
Mobile Fidelity has left everyone else in the dust with their new One-step process. The MoFi Utradisc one-step process is vinyl’s crowning achievement.
Sound 11/10. Michael Fremer. Analogue Planet
"This might be the best record I've ever heard. The first two sides are so spectacularly recorded and reproduced that even if you're not a big fan of the music, you'll find yourself luxuriating in the sonic riches.
The spectacular sound got me to listen often just for he sonic thrill, but doing so made me appreciate more the muscular music, now unleashed as never before. The percussion explodes forward from the speakers perfectly focused with a dead-black background intensifying the picture. Instrumental textures are visceral while the attack is supple yet sufficiently gritty to engage. Sustain is impossibly long and decay into black is audible down to the bottom of the sonic pit, which means Carlos Santana's guitar comes to life before you as you're never before heard it. If you hear this record on your system as I do on mine and you crank it up to sufficiently realistic SPLs you'll likely exclaim a 'wow' or two through side one."
More about MoFi's UltraDisc One-Step . . . and why it's superior
Instead of utilising the industry-standard 3-step lacquer process, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab's new UD1S uses only one step, bypassing two processes of generational loss. While three-step processing is designed for optimum yield and efficiency, UD1S is created for the ultimate in sound quality. MFSL engineers begin with the original master tapes and meticulously cut a set of lacquers. These lacquers are used to create a very fragile, pristine UD1S stamper called a "convert." Delicate "converts" are then formed into the actual record stampers, producing a final product that literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music.
By skipping the additional steps of pulling another positive and an additional negative, as done in the three-step process used in standard pressings, UD1S produces a final LP with the lowest noise floor possible today. The removal of the additional two steps of generational loss in the plating process reveals tremendous amounts of extra musical detail and dynamics, which are otherwise lost due to the standard copying process. The exclusive nature of these very limited pressings guarantees that every UD1S pressing serves as an immaculate replica of the lacquer sourced directly from the original master tape. Every conceivable aspect of vinyl production is optimised to produce the most perfect record album available today.