LAQUERS

AA mastering is now cutting
lacquer masters using a fully-restored
Neumann VMS-66 mastering lathe
with a SX74 Cutterhead.

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MFIT

We use tools supplied by Apple
for mastering engineers to optimize
your music for a great sounding
iTunes playback.

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DIGITAL

Mastered for CD production and
supplied as either PMCD of DDPi files
on a CD master used for duplication
with an audio CD for reference.

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EQUIPMENT

CONSOLE


Manley Backbone
API 7800
Console
Monitor

SPEAKERS


Duntech Sovereign
Reference

CONVERTERS


PM Model 2 HDCD
Lavry AD122mk3
Prism D/A 2
Grimm Audio CC1
Weiss AIF1
Stereo 24 bit A/D
Stereo 24 bit A/D
Stereo 24 bit D/A
Master Word Clock
Fiirewire Interface

RECORDERS


Sequoia v.12
Ampex ATR102
Neumann VMS-66
Sony APR-5003v
Sony PCM-3202
Sony MDS-501
Sony SCD-777es
Sony DTC-A8es
Sony TC-909es
Plextor Premium
DAW
Reel ½” – ¼”
Lathe
Reel ½” – ¼”
D.A.S.H.
Mini Disk
CD
DAT
Cassette
CDR

OUTBOARD


SSL Logic FX G 384
Tube Tech CL1A
Sontec MES 432c9
API 550m
Weiss EQ1 mk2
Weiss DS1 mk3
Waves L2
Knif Vari Mu 2
Dolby 363
Mytec DDD-603
Leader LBO 552BH
Stereo Compressor
Stereo Compressor
Stereo EQ
Stereo EQ
Stereo EQ
Comp/Lim/DS
Digital limiter
Compressor
Noise Reduction
Peak meter
Stereoscope

RATES

LAQUERS

MASTER LAQUERS

12” / $150
per side

10” / $150
per side

7” / $75
per side

REFERENCE ACETATES

12” / $50
per side

10” / $45
per side

7” / $40
per side

NOTES

Price includes a “flat” cut. This means I do a transfer of the supplied master with no changes. Mastering (including EQ, compression, etc.) is billed at either $150 per hour or $75 per track, whichever is less.

Shipping charges are extra and are calculated on a per-job basis.

Prices effective 3/21/2013 but are subject to change without notice.

DIGITAL

MFIT

$100
per track

$50
per DDP file

$25
per mp3

DIGITAL/CD

$100
per track

$50
per PMCD

$20
per CD Ref

ACCEPTED FORMATS:

• Audio CD
• Wave, Aiff, SD2 with sample rates and bit
depths up to 192KHz and 32 bit float
• 1/4” and 1/2” tape at 15 ips and 30 ips.
• Dolby A/SR
• DAT tape
• Mini Disc
• Cassette
• Vinyl Records
• Mp3’s

FAQ

Do i PaY for shiPPinG of Lacquers?

Master Lacquers ship via FedEx overnight to your pressing plant of choice in a purpose built container. There is a flat $50.00 fee

What fiLe tYPe’s Do You accePt?

Please provide the highest quality versions of your stereo mixes. WAV or AIFF files at 24 bits are preferred. Audio CDs will work too. No MP3s. Any sample rate up to
192kHz is acceptable.

are Mfit anD cD MasterinG the saMe thinG?

NO. Mastering for CD is optimizing for 44.1/16bit audio standard. When submitting Projects headed to the MFIT apple store, we submit to your aggregator or distributor
full 24bit versions that pass the apple codec with no “overs”.

hoW LonG Does it taKe to MaKe a recorD?

Our part cutting master Lacquers will be done in 3 – 5 days. As far as the whole process goes you first need to approve a test pressing before full production begins Average turn around time at pressing plants these days is in the 60 – 90 day range.
Please be patient!

can i attenD a MasterinG session?

Unfortunately, at the present time no.

hoW LonG can a vinYL recorD Be?

This is no easy answer as it’s completely program dependent. Longer sides equal lower Level cuts. More bass and stereo information also eat up groove space.

VINYL TIMING & GUIDELINES

12” LP

12:00-16:00 best
16:00-20:00 good
Above 22:00 fair

10”

7:00-9:00 best
9:00-12:00 good
12:00-15:00 fair

7”

0:00-7:00 min.
The shorter the better.

12” Single

6:00-9:00 best
8:00-10:00 good

12” LP

10:00-12:00 great
12:00-15:00 good
above 15:00 fair

10”

6:00-8:00 best
8:00-10:00 good
above 11:00 fair

7”

0:00-5:00 min.
The shorter the better.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

PAYMENT:

A 50% deposit is required upon placement of your order. Balance due prior to release of finished goods. Otherwise a valid purchase order is acceptable.

 

DELIVERY:

Every attempt will be made to meet your production schedule, however we cannot guarantee an exact pick up or shipping date nor do we assume any liability should we not meet an anticipated delivery date.

MERCHANDISE RETURNS:

Any and all claims made for defective merchandise must be made within 48 hours of pickup or shipping date.

 

WARRANTY:

AA MASTERING INC. warranty is limited at our option, to remastering or refund of monies paid for services rendered. We are not responsible for any consequential costs or damages incurred, including shipping charges.

 

MATERIALS:

AA MASTERING INC. is not, and will not be responsible for materials such as TAPE, DATs, CDRs, HDs ect. left at our facility over 30 days.

REVISIONS:

AA MASTERING INC. warranty is limited at our option, to remastering or refund of monies paid for services rendered. We are not responsible for any consequential costs or damages incurred, including shipping charges.

 

ALTERNATE MIXES:

AA MASTERING INC. warranty is limited at our option, to remastering or refund of monies paid for services rendered. We are not responsible for any consequential costs or damages incurred, including shipping charges.

ABOUT

Alex Abrash Mastering is a full service audio mastering studio specializing in the restoration of archival master tapes. We bring 30 years of experience and an insane love of music to the mix. We are a small company promising huge results.

Recently we were pleased to be able to work with the Codigo group updating their historical FAINA catalog. The massive collection covered a lot of ground from mono to early stereo and on to multi-track recording. The result of this collaboration has been to give new life and new revenue to exciting music that might have been lost to time. Based on the reviews from critics and music lovers, the results of this challenge has been a success.

Our background is as eclectic as the music. For more than a decade, Alex Abrash was the Studio Manager for the NOHO-based Kampo Cultural Center which became home to David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, They Might Be Giants, and the B-52s and many others. Early in the decade we went out on our own, expanding to the full spectrum of musical genre. With Barclay Crocker it was classical collections from legendary labels Deutches Grammophon, Vanguard, Mercury, and Argo. We worked with the late music impresario Clement “Coxsone” Dodd at his historic Studio One in Kingston Jamaica, where we secured audio of early 60s reels masters of Bob Marley and the Wailers. More recently we embarked a project to restore a collection from the 70’s funk label STRATA Records of Detroit, the mid-seventies imprint being reissued by 180 Proof Records.

Let’s bring the past to the future. Alex Abrash Mastering is an affordable opportunity to rescue those unreleased assets that are just sitting on a shelf doing nothing. Not only can they make you money, but they can win whole new generations of fans.
Don’t let the music die!

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