Audio

Our records are carefully recorded through extremely high quality and mostly vintage analog equipment by our experienced and accomplished staff of recording, mixing and mastering engineers.

Thank you to Michael Fremer from Analog Planet who demoed a couple of tracks from Jack DeJohnette’s “Return” on his website. Even through Youtube we think the quality comes through…


 

All our recordings are done at East Side Sound in New York City where 5-time nominated and 3-time Grammy Award winning recording and mixing engineer Marc Urselli uses mostly vintage and some tube microphones, all analog and some tube pre-amps and all the inputs are run through and summed through an entirely analog console (a Harrison Series Ten B) that has no AD’s or DA’s anywhere. We strive to keep our signal chain as short and clean as possible.

“The sound is beautifully crisp…”
--The New York Times

“Clean, realistic, well-balanced, and tonally alluring sound.”
--Absolute Sound

Marc Urselli and East Side owner Lou Holtzman | ©Paul Yanshyshyn
Marc Urselli and East Side owner Lou Holtzman | ©Paul Yanshyshyn


“The medium of the recording is Pro Tools HDX with the latest HDX converters and we never record less than 24bit 88.2kHz. For mixdown I use uniquely the analog console, which is fully automated and digitally recallable so that we have the best of both worlds available: analog sound and digital automation and recall. This means we can save the mixdown files and moves of a mix but the sound is never converted to digital within the mixing console, which also serves as the summing. I use an analog spring reverb and on occasion a Lexicon 480 reverb. At no point do we use digital in-the-box summing.”

“The mastering is helmed by Alex DeTurk of Masterdisk in New York, who takes my high resolution 24bit 88.2kHz mixes and runs them through his signal chain to cut the lacquer for the pressing plant.”

--Marc Urselli

Frank Kimbrough - Meantime
Frank Kimbrough - Meantime


“This is surely among the best recorded albums I have heard, but not in a clinical way. Turn it up, close your eyes, and the band is in the room, such is the dynamic range, accuracy and richness of the sound.”
--The Sydney Morning Herald

“One of the better-sounding recordings I’ve heard in some time. The perspective is up front and personal -- in a good way -- and the recording oozes texture and tonal truth…” --The Audio Beat

Jack DeJohnette - Return
Jack DeJohnette - Return


“The crystalline acoustics feature crisp pedal sustain, and the high register notes are almost piercing in their clarity. This is contemplative music, highly percussive, rhythmic, with deeply felt emotion.”
--Audiophile Audition

“…the sound is extraordinary. As his lyrical peregrinations of rediscovery unwrap hidden layers from well-travelled pieces such as Lydia, lovingly dedicated to his wife, and Silver Hollow, celebrating his home in upstate New York, there is an extra depth and warmth to the sound quality that surpasses even the expectation that vinyl brings with it.” --London Jazz News

Noah Preminger - Some Other Time
Noah Preminger - Some Other Time


“Listeners will feel and experience the breath on the tenor reed, the woody timbre of the bass, and the snap of the drum stick on the snare. You are there with a front and center seat.”
--Audiophile Audition

 

 

And here’s another video from Michael Fremer at Analog Planet, listening to Frank Kimbrough’s album on three different turntables: