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We Love to Listen

2nd December 2015

This was a brilliant and busy evening. Thanks to everyone.

Musical evening with legendary Producer Hugh Padgham & Gearbox Records.

Many thanks to Hugh for some facinating insights into producing and the effort he makes to get a great sounding record.  He played excerpts from 3 acetates of Phil Collins 'Face Value' album and compared them to the first test pressing of the LP. The acetates were from different mastering studios and were produced so he could decide which studio to use. All cut directly from the master tape and yet all very different sounding - and we all agreed with his choice!

The acetate is an intermediate stage prior to the production of the master disc and is used for test purposes to assess the sound transfer from the master tapes to vinyl. The acetate is usually an aluminium disc that is covered in a thin coating of nitrocellulose lacquer that has the sound groove, from the master tape, cut into it using a "lathe".  A very rare item!

Darrel explained how they go about producing an album and played a couple of tracks from Gearbox LPs mastered and cut on their own equipment.  Stunning sound quality.  As were the first pressing Bluenote records he played from his personal collection.


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