Abbey Road Studio's Sean Magee Talks About Mastering The Beatles LP Box
I spoke today with Sean Magee about the just released Beatles LP box set. Magee's resume is impressive. He's cut both lacquers and DMM and does a great deal of AAA cutting for Pure Pleasure among other labels. Magee produced the lacquers from which the LPs were sourced. The first interesting thing I learned was that the lacquers were cut from 44.1k/24 bit masters not 96K/24 bit masters as I'd originally been told.
The 192/24 bit transfers were done flat to produce an archival copy of the tapes and then those files were reduced to 44.1k/24 bit files for final mastering. The final EQ masters were then truncated to 16 bits for the CD box set and ..... well instead of me telling you all of this, why not listen to the entire interview? It's here as an MP3 file. I was recording to Iphone and unfortunately the phone ran out of memory so the interview ends abruptly but it was nearly over at that point anyway.
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