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Audio Lab

In 1968, Sheffield Lab recorded a live direct-to-disc album that launched the modern audiophile recording industry. In the following decades, our goal has always been the same: to capture, without compromise, the sound of world-class musicians playing together live. All Sheffield Lab albums are recorded with all the musicians performing directly to the final two-track master tape. We use no overdubbing or multi-track techniques. Furthermore, we have designed and built most of our recording equipment, including microphones and consoles, in our continuing quest to capture the full musical excitement created in the studio. Discriminating listeners agree Sheffield Lab analogue albums and compact discs have a unique musical quality – a distinctive presence and “feel” bred from adrenalin and synergy – not diminished by overdubbing and the sterility of studio assembly techniques.

This relentless pursuit performance honesty and audio fidelity would mean very little if we did not select recording artists with unique gifts and musical talent. To capture these musicians in the full bloom of pure, live recording, we are pleased to have had the services of an enviable roster of the finest producers and engineers in our industry.

SHEFFIELD LAB ANALOGUE ALBUMS

Sheffield Lab was founded because of a quixotic desire to make a superb sounding phonograph album by updating the technology of 1925 – 1948 to record an entire album directly to the master lacquer without any type of tape recorder. The albums with the “Lab” prefix are the legacy of this direct disc technology and represent the purest of our recording techniques. By recording directly to the final master lacquer, our direct discs have entirely eliminated the subtle diminution of sonic purity that even the finest tape recorders introduce. Each direct disc is a limited edition pressing.

Albums in our catalogue listing preceded by an “ST” or “TLP” prefix are mastered from our original two-track master analogue tapes made during the recording sessions. These records represent the highest source of maximum fidelity we know next to pure direct discs.

Any album with an HQ suffix is a pressing done in the new HQ 180 format. These records represent the new state of the art in analogue albums. The HQ 180 discs are 50% heavier and thicker than standard audiophile pressings and yield significant improvements in bass response, transient attack, channel separation, and imaging.

SHEFFIELD LAB COMPACT DISCS

Sheffield Lab began issuing compact discs in 1984 and has continued since that time to investigate and optimise the potential of this complex technology. Many Sheffield Lab engineering breakthroughs in digital recording have been adopted by the leading manufacturers of digital recording and mastering equipment.

All Sheffield Lab compact discs feature all the benefits of live recording including the synergy and excitement of musicians playing together. Our compact discs benefit from the audio purity of our custom recording chain and our research and refinement within the digital medium.

Audio Lab

In 1968, Sheffield Lab recorded a live direct-to-disc album that launched the modern audiophile recording industry. In the following decades, our goal has always been the same: to capture, without compromise, the sound of world-class musicians playing together live. All Sheffield Lab albums are recorded with all the musicians performing directly to the final two-track master tape. We use no overdubbing or multi-track techniques. Furthermore, we have designed and built most of our recording equipment, including microphones and consoles, in our continuing quest to capture the full musical excitement created in the studio. Discriminating listeners agree Sheffield Lab analogue albums and compact discs have a unique musical quality – a distinctive presence and “feel” bred from adrenalin and synergy – not diminished by overdubbing and the sterility of studio assembly techniques.

This relentless pursuit performance honesty and audio fidelity would mean very little if we did not select recording artists with unique gifts and musical talent. To capture these musicians in the full bloom of pure, live recording, we are pleased to have had the services of an enviable roster of the finest producers and engineers in our industry.

SHEFFIELD LAB ANALOGUE ALBUMS

Sheffield Lab was founded because of a quixotic desire to make a superb sounding phonograph album by updating the technology of 1925 – 1948 to record an entire album directly to the master lacquer without any type of tape recorder. The albums with the “Lab” prefix are the legacy of this direct disc technology and represent the purest of our recording techniques. By recording directly to the final master lacquer, our direct discs have entirely eliminated the subtle diminution of sonic purity that even the finest tape recorders introduce. Each direct disc is a limited edition pressing.

Albums in our catalogue listing preceded by an “ST” or “TLP” prefix are mastered from our original two-track master analogue tapes made during the recording sessions. These records represent the highest source of maximum fidelity we know next to pure direct discs.

Any album with an HQ suffix is a pressing done in the new HQ 180 format. These records represent the new state of the art in analogue albums. The HQ 180 discs are 50% heavier and thicker than standard audiophile pressings and yield significant improvements in bass response, transient attack, channel separation, and imaging.

SHEFFIELD LAB COMPACT DISCS

Sheffield Lab began issuing compact discs in 1984 and has continued since that time to investigate and optimise the potential of this complex technology. Many Sheffield Lab engineering breakthroughs in digital recording have been adopted by the leading manufacturers of digital recording and mastering equipment.

All Sheffield Lab compact discs feature all the benefits of live recording including the synergy and excitement of musicians playing together. Our compact discs benefit from the audio purity of our custom recording chain and our research and refinement within the digital medium.

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