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   This year would include the release of our first "hits" album called, "Golden Biscuits."


   The title was an idea by Dunhill Records president, Jay Lasker. Biscuit was a term used in the recording industry for the acetates (records) that were created by the master stampers, a term used in reference to the way a hand held cookie cutter works. The stampers (molds, if you will) had been created from the mother disc, which was created from the original, chemically treated and hardened negative of the original mother master disc from the mastering studio. The mastering lab "master" was the first transfer from a stereo - 1/4" - 2 trk master tape that contained the final mixes of our multitrack master tape. It was then transferred to a cutting lathe, which became the first generation record. That record was only good for a few plays before it got scratchy. In reality, you would only play it once or twice to test it for skips or any other oddities. then it was carefully viewed under a microscope (literally) and preserved to be put in a chemical bath, which would harden and form a negative from it and all the record grooves it contained. Just quasi-impressive studio jargon. Probably bullsh_t anyway. Actually, the mastering lab part of the projects was such a cool thing to be witnessing and experiencing. Before digital music was around, hearing a piece of music that had been recorded live, straight to disc at the mastering lab, was incredible. The fidelity and clarity were just unbelievable, not to mention the definition of each instrument within the stereo field of sound. You could practically reach out and grab the high hat when listening to these direct to disc recordings.


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