Brothers in Arms – Half-Speed Mastered, But Why?


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Another Half Speed debunked.

The Warner Brothers 180g Double LP pictured above was mastered by Stan Ricker at half-speed. Most of the time that means that it will be too bright and the bass will be sloppy. And what do you know, it IS too bright and the bass IS sloppy!

We often discuss the unpredictability of records, but when it comes to Half-Speed Mastered pressings their faults are fairly consistent and easy to spot once you know what to listen for.       

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