Michael Fremer

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Michael Fremer  |  Oct 16, 2018  |  First Published: Oct 16, 2018  |  0 comments
On Monday afternoon at Making Vinyl 2018 AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer moderated a vinyl mastering panel featuring some well-known lacquer cutting engineers: Scott Hull—Masterdisk, Clint Holley—Well Made Music, and Jeff Powell—Take Out Vinyl (MIA Mandy Parnell—Black Lagoon Studios, who was forced to remain in the UK so she could finish up a Bjork project). Welcome to 1979's Lori Hines "sat in".

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 16, 2018  |  First Published: Aug 01, 2003  |  0 comments
Before I write about Music Hall's MMF-9 turntable (above), in my March 2003 review, I wrote that the SME 30/2 turntable's combination of attributes "might just make it the finest turntable in the world." Earlier in the review, I'd said, "The SME 30/2 is perhaps the most tonally neutral turntable I've ever heard. Only the Rockport System III Sirius, which includes an integral tonearm, is in the same league, and it doesn't stand up to the SME's low-frequency extension and solidity." I wrapped up the review with: "Overall, the SME Model 30/2 is the best turntable I've heard."
Michael Fremer  |  Oct 15, 2018  |  First Published: Oct 15, 2018  |  9 comments
Here's the "reveal" for the five file SAT pick up arm comparison featuring the Ortofon MC Century. Thanks to all who participated and expressed their opinions.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 15, 2018  |  First Published: Oct 15, 2018  |  4 comments
At Making Vinyl 2018, the "Women in Vinyl" panel produced a wide-ranging discussion that mostly stuck to business and occasionally dealt with being a woman in the business world generally and the music business specifically. The first panelist to speak provoked the audience with a spirited defense of the compact disc (you youngsters look that up) and from there the back and forth generated a well focused perspective on the business of vinyl from a female point of view. And yes 'Women in Vinyl'" does sound like a John Waters movie.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 15, 2018  |  First Published: Oct 15, 2018  |  6 comments
Nonesuch email blast just now announces 50% off "everyday low prices" for the next 24 hours on all vinyl, CDs, MP3s, FLAC, HD merchandise. Just enter promo code AUTUMN at checkout. Nonesuch is one of the only labels that does not sent reviewers any vinyl promos so I'll be shopping too. Sale ends 1PM Tuesday October 16th (the 2000 Year Old Man's birthday).

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 13, 2018  |  First Published: Oct 13, 2018  |  0 comments
After brief opening ceremonies at "Making Vinyl" event in Detroit October 1st and 2nd, co-founder/organizer Larry Jaffee introduced Record Store Day founder Michael Kurtz who moderated a fascinating panel intended to explain "why and how nearly 750,000 records were sold last April 21st in the U.S." and more interestingly how these releases were chosen, manufactured and distributed.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 07, 2018  |  First Published: Oct 07, 2018  |  5 comments
Here's the poop directly from Rega:
"The Planar 8 was inspired by the ultimate Rega turntable, the 'Naiad'. We decided early on that instead of an evolution of the previous RP8, the new Planar 8 was to be developed and engineered to encapsulate the essence of 'Naiad' at an affordable price. Our aim was to deliver a level of performance far beyond what has been achieved at this price point before.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 30, 2018  |  First Published: Sep 30, 2018  |  8 comments
Ortofon celebrated its 100th anniversary September 28th and 29th, inviting approximately 60 of its sales and technology partners from around the world to a hotel in Maribo, Denmark and to its factory in nearby Nakskov.

AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer was invited to observe the celebration and to participate by presenting to the guests and company executives a ½ hour PowerPoint presentation outlining where the vinyl record and analog playback gear market has been for the past 30 or so years, and to where he thought it was headed in the future.

Malachi Lui, Michael Fremer  |  Sep 26, 2018  |  First Published: Sep 26, 2018  |  71 comments
November 9, November 9, November 9: On November 9, Apple Corps/UMe will release multiple deluxe editions of The Beatles, the seminal self-titled double album affectionately known, due to its stark packaging, as “The White Album.”

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 20, 2018  |  First Published: Sep 20, 2018  |  6 comments
The Blood on the Tracks story is familiar to Dylan fans: the album was recorded in New York City in four days, September, 1974. It was mastered and review copies circulated. Months later (late December) Dylan decided the approach was wrong and re-recorded five tracks at Minneapolis Sound 80 Studios. Bootleggers circulated outtakes from the New York sessions but they’ve never been available legitimately until now.

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