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Michael Fremer  |  Mar 11, 2014  |  16 comments
Upon landing at LAX I got in the rental car and drove directly to Capitol Records where I met up with the great Al Schmitt. Al took a short time away from a mixing session to give me a tour of famed Studios A and B where Frank, Nat, Judy, Dean and so many others recorded some of the greatest records ever.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 10, 2014  |  94 comments
Here's Bob Ludwig's statement regarding the engineering and mastering of Beck's new album Morning Phase:

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 06, 2014  |  7 comments
Yesterday I visited my friend and veteran disc jockey/on-air personality Paul Cavalconte to hang out and to "tweak" the Simon Yorke turntable he bought from me back in 2006 (story forthcoming). These days he's producing from his home a radio show that streams on The Progressive Radio Network (it's not a political show).

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 04, 2014  |  4 comments
Chanteuse extraordinaire Lyn Stanley was at New York's Avatar Studios (formerly The Power Station) recording songs for her next album Potions, which will consist of '50s era covers. Most distinguished recording engineer/producer Al Schmitt was at the board and yes, the big Studer 24 track you see in the picture was rolling.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 27, 2014  |  53 comments
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, the label will be reissuing in 2014 100 classic Blue Notes on 180 gram vinyl beginning with five on March 25th: Art Blakey's Free For All, Coltrane's Blue Train, Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch, Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil and Larry Young's Unity.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 24, 2014  |  20 comments
We screwed up publishing the "records in the dumpster in front of Academy Records" news item. Yes, we confirmed that the records were there but that's not the real story according to Academy owner Mike Davis who was rightfully pissed. We apologize profusely for our error.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 08, 2014  |  8 comments
Did you compare the two files? The one that most readers identified as harsher and brighter was found to be running .1% faster than the other, so Mr. Distler, slowed it down and again posted the files. I both listened and I looked at them using Audacity. So you could say I "cheated" but it doesn't matter. Forget what I heard.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 07, 2014  |  33 comments
Was the recent cable test result wherein approximately 80% of the participants heard a difference and described it consistent with my original observations due to a variable other than the cables (leaving aside that we did note the junction box variable as a possible cause)?

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 06, 2014  |  29 comments
Based on numbers publicly disclosed or provided to by most of the world's vinyl pressing plants, the total number of records pressed worldwide in 2013 was well in excess of 30,759,242.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 04, 2014  |  8 comments
(photo by Christopher Vetur, who is forgiven for the fingers on the grooves)

A record label, a record store, a high end headphone manufacturer a college radio station and a well-respected mastering engineer team up with recording artists to present an event touting high quality sound from vinyl records.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 23, 2014  |  65 comments
Thousands have read the story and more than one hundred of you have voted. No doubt had the story run longer, more would have participated but there's no need to continue because the results already speak for themselves and in fact did so early on.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 22, 2014  |  5 comments
Peter Asher, Donovan, Billy J. Kramer and others will take part in an evening of intimate conversation on Thursday February 6th, 2014. 50 years earlier to the day The Beatles were preparing to leave London for their first visit to America. They arrived at New York's Idlewild Airport to thousands of screaming fans and held a now famous press conference.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 10, 2014  |  18 comments
Turntable manufacturer Simon Yorke just announced the limited edition S45 record player designed exclusively to play 45s and only 45s.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 01, 2014  |  18 comments
What caused the abrasions seen in the picture of the one of four abraded LPs in the Record Store Day Roy Orbison box set? Analogplanet asked the question and wondered whether it was industrial sabotage, sloppy handing or a shipping snafu. We now think we have an answer.