New York, NY (September 28, 2004)–Don Grossinger recently completed the analog vinyl cutting for the legendary lost Beach Boy’s album Smile. This is a brand new recording, done recently by Brian Wilson and his current band. The original recording sessions with the Beach Boys, done in 1966, were never released to the public.
The cutting was done at Masterdisk in New York City using a vintage Studer A-80 mastering playback reel-to-reel deck with preview and program heads. This allowed the removal of the digital delay line from the cutting chain. The 1/4″, 15 IPS, No Noise Reduction, CCIR format masters for Sides A/B/C were from Bob Ludwig’s Gateway Studio. Side D is a bonus for vinyl buyers and included “instrumental only” versions of four tracks from the album. Side D was EQ’ed by Grossinger at Masterdisk Studios.
The cut was done on Masterdisk’s Neumann SAL-84 lathe with a Neumann SX-74 cutter head. Grossinger chose to use the analog masters after a detailed comparison with Digidesign Pro Tools HD files also supplied, for their rich and detailed sound quality.
The album is slated for release in the U.S. and Europe this fall.