Sonic Grade: D
The Warner Brothers 180g Double LP pictured above was mastered by Stan Ricker at half-speed.
And what do you know, it IS too bright and the bass IS sloppy. Imagine that!
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.
Here’s a good question:
To learn more about records that sound dramatically better than any Half-Speed ever made (with one rare exception, John Klemmer’s Touch), please consult our FAQs:
Below you will find our breakdown of the best and worst Half-Speed mastered records we have auditioned over the years.
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