I wanted to let everyone know that we officially reached the goal on Kickstarter for "No Filter", which allows us to move forward. I am psyched and grateful for the support on this board and elsewhere. The vinyl pressing will definitely become a reality! I will keep you informed. The Kickstarter is still open for another 3 weeks or so. Thank you!
Some of you have backed my new Kickstarter for an all analog pressing of "No Filter" and as a thank you for the support, I wanted to share a couple of preview tracks with you. They are streaming here:
Mastering Engineer Bernie Grundman gave us a few options to choose from in the beginning and, after extensive listening, we ended up going with no EQ, which allowed us to bypass the mastering board for an even purer signal path.
For the vinyl, Bernie has cut a test lacquer of a song two ways, one on his solid state lathe and one on his tube lathe. We’re going to pick the one that sounds best to us to cut the vinyl directly from the tape.
I hope you will enjoy the music and consider supporting this project, if you haven’t done so already. There are 5 days left:
I have a master at 96/24 and if anyone here would like to hear the tracks at 96/24, please PM me and I will send a link.
I wanted to keep everyone here updated. No Filter is out in all digital formats. Those of you who backed the Kickstarter for high res should have received the files. I hope you enjoy them! The album is available in 96/24 on HD Tracks and in 44.1/24 on Bandcamp.
As far as the vinyl, I've had to reject a couple of test pressings so the vinyl is late. I hope to have it in December. I'm actually getting a third round of test pressings in the mail today and I look forward to hearing them. I apologize for the delay. I'm trying my best to get this right and honor the confidence that backers on this board and elsewhere have put in me.
Thank you to the members who supported this project! I welcome any and all feedback and I'm grateful for the support!
Hey @saxman73,Thanks for today's post. Don't know how I missed this thread! Love my vinyl copy of The Turn, play it for guests all the time and turn them on to you.
Just tried the Kickstarter link to order No Filter vinyl and don't see a way to do so. Is it closed? Feel free to PM me or email me from your database. Cheers,
PS : come play Austin!
@noromance: We did go with the tube lathe. It just seemed more alive to us. Yes, we used tape for the complete recording this time. We then assembled the songs on two reels and the vinyl was cut from those reels. We also tried solid state preamp versus tube preamp for the tape machine and we went with tube also, so it’s an all tube signal path at mastering. No EQ was used, which allowed us to bypass the mastering board at Bernie Grundman’s. That also sounded even better to us.
The second pressing of "The Turn" is available on my website: www.jeromesabbagh.com (right column)
@sbank Thank you! I’m glad you like "The Turn". The Kickstarter is closed but you can preorder the vinyl for "No Filter" on my website: www.jeromesabbagh.com (right column). Also sent you a PM.
I’d love to play Austin some time!
Thanks for your support!
I'm happy to report that I now have the vinyl for "No Filter". After having rejected 4 sets of test pressings, I am really pleased with the result. I finished mailing all copies that were bought already, whether through Kickstarter or not, this morning! I hope those of you who supported the project will enjoy the result! I am still selling the vinyl on my website if anyone else is interested. Thank you all so much for the support!
I've been asked a few times about the availability of the album on reel to reel. A few copies were indeed made at Bernie Grundman's studio, directly from the tape we recorded on, making the tape effectively a master tape (first generation with level adjustments). I can still make these but they were quite expensive, due to the cost of tape and of studio time at Bernie Grundman's.
As a result, I’m exploring a cheaper alternative. I could get a mastered 30 ips 1/2 inch copy of the original tape made at Bernie Grundman’s, and then make high quality copies of that elsewhere. I could then sell 1/4 inch copies of the record at 15 ips or 7.5 ips.
I’d have to have enough buyers to justify making the copy of the tape at Bernie Grundman’s in the first place, but if I get a few, this would be doable. I'm trying to see if there is enough demand to do this.
If anyone here has interest, please let me know. Thanks a lot!
FYI, here is a link to a new review in The Absolute Sound. The all analog vinyl is still available, as well as R2R, CD, streaming etc