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Michael Fremer  |  May 02, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  58 comments
This is a digital microscope shot of my Lyra Atlas. I am embarrassed.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 30, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
Woody Allen famously said "80% of success is showing up." 16 year old recording engineer/producer Ken Scott showed up at EMI Studios less than a week after writing a letter requesting a job interview. He "passed the audition" and was rewarded with a job in EMI's tape library.

Ariel Bitran  |  Apr 30, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  1 comments
Mark Pagan of Baltimore, Maryland is the official Analog Planet winner in our V-Moda M-80 headphone sweepstakes. While his son has had most of the pleasure of enjoying these fashionable ‘phones, Pagan now looks forward to spending time some alone time with the M-80s. Congratulations Mark and thank you for participating!
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 29, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  29 comments
Can a recording engineer's memoir be a "real page turner" as the book trade likes to characterize a suspenseful novel? Yes, if the engineer is Ken Scott and yes if you're a true fan of the art and science of recorded music and you revel in minutiae and historical perspective that adds depth to your appreciation of your favorite records.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 28, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
One of the fascinating things about watching your personal odometer piling on the miles is that, whatever your self-image, you're leaving an ever-lengthening trail that becomes more difficult to deny with every glance in the rearview mirror.

I can't escape it: I love old things. I drive an old car not because I can't replace it with a new one, but because the experience of driving it is irreplaceable. New cars don't look, feel, sound, or even smell like my old Saab: the roar of the throaty engine, the sound of the air being sucked into the carburetor, the visceral connection between the road and my hands on the non-power steering wheel—new cars can't provide these sensations. New cars hide their mechanical nature. Old cars celebrate it.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 26, 2013  |  8 comments
The documentary "Last Shop Standing", subtitled "The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop" consists of a series of interviews with record store owners and fans, some of them famous like guitarist Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Paul Weller and Billy Bragg.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 25, 2013  |  3 comments
Singer/songwriter Thom Chacon delivers hardscrapple tales in a voice well-suited to the task that will immediately remind you of what's his name? Maybe John Prine, or John Mellencamp, or Steve Earle or Bruce or Guy Clark or?

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 24, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  24 comments
A young reader inherited a turntable and asked about a modestly priced system he could assemble around it. We know where this will lead and we can all cheer him on, mindful of the fun and fetishing to follow. And we can all sympathize with his bank account—assuming he has one!

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 23, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  6 comments
The Library of Congress Reading Room. All photos by Michael Fremer.

How was your month? Mine was analogo bizarro.

But before getting to this month's promised story—my visit to the Library of Congress—I have to clear the deck: I received an e-mail from an individual, fairly well known in the grooved world, telling me that I "may not have had all the information" when I wrote in my February R2D4 that Alto Analogue's Ataulfo Argenta Edition (AA006) boxed set was mastered by Nick Webb at Abbey Road from the original analog master tapes.

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