About the product
As you know, our ARCHIVAL TAPE Editions are meant to give you the chance to listen to some well selected gems of analog sound recording. Without dedicated remastering and retouch. And with Ella & Louis we are proudly introducing our first release in MONO! True, pure and with a lot of dynamic. This record is a more than astonishing and fascinating example of delivering audible depth and width with just one audio channel. Celebrating 2 voices of no other kind. Supported by some of the best musicians of all time. You think you exactly know how the voice of Louis Amstrong does sound? Just listen to the first song on this MASTERCUT. Zooming you right into the recording studio at Capital Records, that hot summer day in August 1956. Enjoy this time capsule of a record on your stereo (or Hi-Fi as they would have said back then.) We are pretty sure this disc and yourself will be very best friends right from the start!!
What exactly does it mean if a MASTERCUT EDITION is cut from a MONO tape? This means that the left and right channel of our high end cutting head engraves the identical (MONO) information into the lacquer blank. The full potential of your record can be enjoyed with your standard stereo turntable setup.
- Vocals: Ella Fitzgerald
- Vocals, trumpets: Louis Armstrong
- Piano: Oscar Peterson
- Guitar: Herb Ellis
- Bass: Ray Brown
- Drums: Buddy Rich
- 1. Can't We Be Friends?
- 2. Isn't This A Lovely Day?
- 3. Moonlight In Vermont
- 4. They Can't Take That Away from Me
- 5. Under A Blanket Of Blue
- 1. A Foggy Day
- 2. Stars Fell On Alabama
- 3. Cheek To Cheek
- 4. The Nearness Of You
- 5. April In Paris
RECORDED TO TAPE
- Date of Recording: August 16, 1956
- Location: Capitol Studios, Hollywood
- Original Tape Number: 4579, 4580
- Recording Producer: Norman Granz
- Session Engineer: Val Valentin
BOOKLET CONTENT LIST
- ・A Minolta EP 410Z copy of the master reel control file side A
- ・A Cyanotype of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong after an original photo Courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum
- ・A Polaroid of a microscopic view of the real groove.
- ・A Minolta EP 410Z copy after an original photo of the Supersense livingroom studio. Photographer: Ákos Burg, 2021.
- ・"How to caress" , by Florian Doc Kaps. An info sheet about the Supersense master records and how to care for them.
- ・"Project Mastercut" , by Florian Doc Kaps. An introduction to the editions. Including some Cutting Engineer notes, Supersense, Vienna 2022
To customers residing outside Japan:
We can also sell MASTERCUT RECORDS to customers residing outside Japan. Please be aware that items other than MASTERCUT RECORDS are not available for purchase. Also, please contact us as there are some areas where we cannot sell.
In such cases, customers will be responsible for the shipping cost via "FedEx International Priority" and any applicable import duties.
We will send you a personalized invoice via email, which will include the product cost and the calculated shipping cost based on the package weight. Please provide us with the desired titles, quantities, and the delivery address through the inquiry form.
Payment can be made through credit card transactions only; other payment methods are currently not accepted. After completing the payment, for items in stock, we will ship your order within 2 business days. Following shipment, we will inform you via email of the package quantity, package weight, and tracking number.
As our website operates in Japanese, please use the contact form for any questions or uncertainties.
Important notes when shipping overseas:
1. Shipping Method and Cost: We exclusively use FedEx International Priority for shipping (prepaid). Other shipping services are not available. Please note that you are responsible for the shipping costs associated with your order.
2. Import Duties: Import duties are the customer's responsibility, so please confirm and be aware of the possibility of duties being undertaken.
3. Order Changes and Cancellations: Changes or cancellations to orders cannot be accommodated after they have been shipped, so please be mindful when placing your order.
4. Payment Method: We accept payment via credit card only; other payment methods are not currently accepted.
5. Shipment and Tracking: For items in stock, we will ship your order within 3 business days of payment completion. After shipment, we will notify you via email with the package quantity, package weight, and tracking number.
6. Inquiries: As our website is displayed in Japanese, please use the inquiry form or contact our customer service for any clarification or questions.
Please review these guidelines before placing your order.
- Rotation speed: 33 1/3
- Format: 12 inches
- Lacquer disc material: MCD (Public Records) acetate lacquer disc with metal core
- Package size: 360mm(W) x 340mm(H) x 70mm(D)
- Accessories: Gloves, hand-printed jacket/sleeve, lacquer disc (fixed with original logo-embedded screws), hand-sewn booklet
- Weight: 1.2kg
About the SUPERSENSE/MASTERCUT EDITIONS
In exclusive collaboration with Universal Music Austria, Supersense, based in Vienna, the city of music, is pleased to present MASTERCUT EDITIONS, the first lacquer disc cut directly from the master copy, to music fans around the world. It was released for.
Normal analog records are manufactured through various processes such as lacquer, master, mother, and stamper, but Supersense's "MASTERCUT" is a lacquer record that is cut one by one using the original master tape as the sound source. will be packaged and delivered to you.
Carefully selected titles are selected from Universal Music Group's famous recordings that remain in music history. Using sound sources copied 1:1 from the original master tapes, each disc is cut directly, unedited and 100% analog, onto high-quality acetate lacquer discs manufactured by Public Records in Japan.
Comment from Florian "Doc" Kaps, founder of Supersense:
"The Archival Tape Edition uses carefully selected tapes from Universal Music Group's archives to create ultra-limited, all-analog, one-to-one copies of some of the world's most beloved music recordings, recreating the essential essence of these recordings. It reveals its enduring charm and celebrates its true soul."
We have a strong commitment to analog not only in the discs, but also in the packaging and accessories.
The jackets are made by craftsmen at a printing shop in Vienna using traditional techniques of letterpress printing and foil stamping, and the printed materials are screen printed. Furthermore, the accompanying photos were taken with an analog film camera, allowing you to experience the thorough commitment to analog.
With proper handling, proper storage, and cleaning (always use a carbon fiber record cleaning brush and strictly avoid cleaning with other liquids), it can be played over 100 times, depending on the playback environment and playback equipment. There is a test report from Supersense that shows that there is no problem even if you do.
Always use a carbon fiber record cleaning brush when cleaning MASTERCUT lacquer discs. No matter how soft the cloth is, it may cause scratches or abrasions on the disc surface, and even if it is not painful, it will simply move dirt and will not be as effective, so be sure to use a carbon fiber record cleaning brush. Please use it.
Also, never clean with liquid. Please note that liquid cleaning may cause permanent damage to the board.
Since 2014, Spersense has been conducting a wide range of tests, including record cutting, analysis, and listening tests, and there have been no reports of aging or significant deterioration in sound quality due to storage.
MASTERCUT records are carefully cut in real time. Therefore, the cutting process takes the same amount of time as the total playing time of the record.
yes. A precisely polished sapphire cutting needle is used to cut MASTERCUT records. Cutting is performed while applying electrical heating during the cutting process.
We use the highest quality acetate lacquer disc made by Japan's MDC (Public Records). It has a metal core covered with a thin layer of black lacquer that gives off a beautiful scent and shine.
No digital technology is used in the production of MASTERCUT. Cut from the original analog source, reel-to-reel tape, the tape-to-disc transfer is 100% analog with no digitization.
In the typical record manufacturing process, the "master cut" disc only functions as a template for creating stampers for pressing, and is generally discarded during that process, but with MASTERCUT, each disc is hand-crafted. We deliver the work as a work that is cut directly onto a lacquer board.
no. The master cut itself exists as the first step in the basic record production process. However, MASTERCUT is the first record to be created that does not end with the electroplating process, but instead becomes a worthy piece of musical pleasure on the record player.
All parts, from records to packaging and accessories, are handcrafted and produced using sophisticated analog technology. Manufactured at the Supersense factory in the center of Vienna by a small team of experts in the fields of record cutting, traditional printing methods, and packaging design.
Always store it upright. Never stack records on top of each other, regardless of whether they have jackets or not, as this may cause the discs to warp or crack due to their weight. It's also inevitable that record jackets will get scuff marks and rings will rub and scratch the artwork. Always store this product upright, like a book on a bookshelf.
Be sure to only hold the outer edge of the record. Do not touch the playback surface of the record with bare hands or fingers, as body fat that adheres to the surface may attract dust and affect the sound quality.
Raise and lower the record stylus carefully, using the tone arm lifter whenever possible. If you operate the recorder by hand, there is a risk of scratching the record surface or damaging the record needle if you make a mistake. Also, when you start playing music, use the tone arm lifter to slowly lower the needle in the silent section before the music starts. To end playback, wait until the music has completely faded to silence before slowly raising the needle using the tonearm lifter. If you lower the needle at a certain part of the music, or raise the needle suddenly at a certain part of the music, this may accelerate the deterioration of the lacquer disc. We recommend playing the entire album.
In order to maximize the sound quality of MASTERCUT, we recommend that you use a record player, especially the tone arm, that has undergone basic adjustments (height adjustment, azimuth adjustment, etc.).
yes. Cut directly from a completely unedited 1:1 copy of the original tape.