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  1. That's because the record label set only "Vicious" to stream for free on Bandcamp, sorry! You get another song on Soundcloud here: Also, the album is available on Spotify and Apple Music if you have those (and Qobuz and Tidal, I believe). And of course, it's on sale on Bandcamp (at 44.1/24 resolution), on HD Tracks (at 96/24) and on all analog vinyl on my website. Thanks for your interest! Jerome
  2. FYI, the first review of the vinyl is here: http://fairhedon.com/2019/03/18/vinyl-spotlight-jerome-sabbath-greg-tuoheys-no-filter/?fbclid=IwAR1nsaxEuv0TEbSRQyUj0-pRUXX8QBgbk8Z8xwaFJ94-M4niwDYfGy8wKSY Jerome Sabbagh
  3. I'm happy to report that I now have the vinyl for "No Filter". After having rejected 4 sets of test pressings, I am really pleased with the result. I finished mailing all copies that were bought already, whether through Kickstarter or not, this morning! I hope those of you who supported the project will enjoy the result! I am still selling the vinyl on my website if anyone else is interested. Thank you all so much for the support! Jerome Sabbagh
  4. Thank you! I understand. I'm getting the third round of test pressings today and hope to be able to approve them soon.
  5. I haven't heard this but going from 24/48 to 16/44.1 involves two processes, assuming that's what happened and they didn't do a separate master: the downsample from 48 kHz to 44.1 kHz and then the dithering from 24 bits to 16 bits. That dithering process can also be done many ways and they all sound significantly different. If you are not careful, things can go wrong at either one of these processes, and they often do, although I have no idea whether that's what happened here.
  6. Thank you! As far as I know, yes, it's unusual for most productions to do it that way. Doing a separate master means doing it in real time, while you can downsample in a computer in a few minutes. In a fancy mastering studio, the hourly rate is high, so it costs more. Most people don't want to pay more. Also, some people don't think it's worth it sonically. I do though! Also, that 44.1/24 master is what I give Apple, Spotify and all such services. For all these reasons, it's important to me that it be as good as possible and that I can quality control it.
  7. Thanks Melvin! I'm glad you like it. FYI, the version on Bandcamp is 44.1/24, not 44.1/16. Also, it's not actually a downsample from the 96/24 but a separate mastering pass from the analog tape, done through the same JCF A to D converter at 44.1/24. Both Bernie Grundman and myself thought that approach generally sounds better so that's what we did, even though it costs more. The 96/24 still sounds better than the 44.1/24 though.
  8. Hi Crenca, Sunnyside (the record label) has the rights for all digital distribution. HD Tracks and other similar specialized outlets (Qobuz in Europe for example) have the 96/24. It made sense to me that the Bandcamp download, which is 44.1/24 and geared to everyone, would be cheap and the high resolution download more expensive. As to your last query, please PM me. Thanks for your interest! edit: also to clarify, the Bandcamp version is not a downsample (see post below). Best, Jerome Sabbagh
  9. Hi, I wanted to keep everyone here updated. No Filter is out in all digital formats. Those of you who backed the Kickstarter for high res should have received the files. I hope you enjoy them! The album is available in 96/24 on HD Tracks and in 44.1/24 on Bandcamp. I've had to reject a couple of test pressings so the vinyl is late. I hope to have it in December. We had a couple of nice reviews, in Downbeat and Stereogum (scroll down past the middle of the page, there are a bunch of reviews). Thank you to the members who supported this project! I
  10. Some of you have backed my new Kickstarter for "No Filter" and as a thank you for the support, I wanted to share a couple of preview tracks with you. They are streaming here: https://soundcloud.com/jeromesabbagh/sets/jerome-sabbagh-greg-tuohey-no-filter Mastering Engineer Bernie Grundman gave us a few options to choose from in the beginning and, after extensive listening, we ended up going with no EQ, which allowed us to bypass the mastering board for an even purer signal path. For the vinyl, Bernie has cut a test lacquer of a song two ways, one on his soli
  11. Hi, I wanted to let everyone know that we officially reached the goal on Kickstarter for "No Filter", which allows us to move forward. I am psyched and grateful for the support on this board and elsewhere. I will keep you informed. The Kickstarter is still open for another 3 weeks or so. Thank you! Jerome Sabbagh
  12. Thanks firedog! Please rest assured that even as the project is rooted in the analog domain, the 96/24 high res download won't be an afterthought. In fact, it's the first thing we will fine-tune at mastering in terms of EQ, limiting (which there should not be a lot of) etc. The settings for the 96/24 will actually be the guide for the vinyl, as it's easier to get the digital right first. Thanks for your backing!
  13. Thanks a lot spin33! I hope you will like the new one as well!
  14. Hello everyone,This is Jerome Sabbagh writing. I am a saxophonist and audiophile. I was recently profiled in the Stereophile series Musicians as Audiophiles. Personally, I enjoy listening to vinyl and high resolution files, and I buy both.Three years ago, the support of audiophiles of all stripes helped make my album "The Turn" a reality. "The Turn" made a few "best of" lists for 2014 (LA Times, Boston Globe, DownBeat) and was also favorably reviewed in Stereophile and Analog Planet. I recently recorded a new album, "No Filter", a project I co-lead with my old friend - and fantasti
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