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Lon Neumann of Sony Corp.,
Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at Creedence "Green River" SACD mastering session

(Photo by Rick Hashimoto)


Updated 07/14/04

Congratulations to forum member chrisscross who won the one-of-a-kind 45 RPM test lacquer of "Theme From SHAFT" mastered by Steve!


Updated 10/19/03
Congratulations to BeatleTerr, who won the Peggy Lee 180 gram LP test pressing of "Latin Ala Lee". Steve cut this directly from his new mix of the 1959 Capitol Studio three-track session masters, and it sounds fabulous!



Updated 9/29/03
Congratulations to Bill Hamlin, who's won this quarter's Steve Hoffman drawing - an incredible test pressing of the Audio Fidelity DONOVAN - "Storyteller" SACD!


Updated 9/06/03
Over nine and a half million hits since our start in 2002!

The drawing this month is for a rare test pressing of the new Audio Fidelity DONOVAN "Storyteller" SACD compilation as mastered by Steve H.



UPDATED 08/01/2003

Please welcome Andrew Ashton as the newest SH Forum Moderator! Andrew resides in London, and we now have Gort coverage from the Thames to the Pacific Rim. As a truly international music forum, we are very pleased that Andrew has graciously agreed to join us and we look forward to his contributions as a member of your moderator team.


UPDATED 05/25/2003
Seven million hits since our start in 2002! We invite you to join the SH Forums today!

If you want to find out what interesting CD, vinyl and SACD mastering projects Steve is working on these days be sure and subscribe to the SH Newsletter, which will also make you eligible for the quarterly Steve Hoffman Drawing.

Speaking of which... the current Steve Hoffman Drawing winner has been chosen! Larry Naramore who is an SH Newsletter and Forum subscriber has won a one of a kind 45 RPM lacquer test cutting of the 1962 song "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio! Mastered directly from the original stereo session tape by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech Mastering during the cutting of the Acoustic Sounds/Analogue Productions 45 RPM Jazz Series.

Congratulations Larry! Enjoy it - it is a one of a kind!


UPDATED 04/10/2003
The latest edition of the SH Newsletter was sent out last week to fill us in on the interesting CD, vinyl and SACD mastering projects that Steve is working on right now. If you want to find out what Steve is up to be sure and subscribe to the SH Newsletter.

The next Steve Hoffman Drawing is coming up; win a one of a kind lacquer test cutting to be given away to a SH Newsletter subscriber. Details upcoming!


UPDATED 03/09/2003
Five million hits! We're growing by leaps and bounds. Thanks everybody.


UPDATED 01/13/2003
HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
Steve's website and Forum is celebrating it's one year anniversary! And, in that one year our Discussion Forum group has grown to over 1,500 members, with 150,000 posts!


ADDED 01/02/2003
Steve's just mastered three new Blues albums for Audio Fidelity Records! John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen", Lightnin' Hopkins "Broken Hearted Blues", and a Blues compilation "O Blues, Where Art Thou?" featuring John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGee and much more.


ADDED 12/6/02
Over three million hits since inception in January! Thanks, all! Happy Holidays from Steve and SH Forum Moderators Jeff, Dave, Robert & Bob!


ADDED 10/31/02
We're thrilled (and chilled!) to announce the winner of The Zombies Greatest Hits SACD is: Jeff H.! We know you'll love the disc - I've heard a copy myself and it's fantastic!


ADDED 9/19/02
Announcing the next Steve Hoffman Drawing: Next up we have a SACD test pressing (!) of the new The Zombies Greatest Hits! This is a CD/SACD Hybrid, and Steve says this sounds fantastic! The drawing will be held on - when else - October 31st! The Zombies... Halloween.. Get it? :-)

To enter for the drawing, just sign up for the newsletter. If you are already signed up, there's no need to sign up again, you are already entered.

ADDED 9/6/02
Over 1.6 million hits since inception in January. Thanks, everyone!


ADDED 9/5/02

For S&P Records, Steve is remastering a fabulous Dave Mason CD Two-Fer, with Dave's 2 best Columbia albums on it: "It's Like You Never Left" and "Dave Mason". Featuring radio classics such as "Headkeeper", "Every Woman", "Baby...Please", "Show Me Some Affection".

For Audio Fidelity, Steve is working on a John Lee Hooker hybrid SACD compilation called "Boogie Chillen'" which will use the fabulous 1948-54 Hooker recordings. Featuring the original versions of Hooker classics such as "I'm In The Mood, "Bad Boy", "Hey, S' The House Rent Boogie" and many more. Fabulous sound, Steve sez!

Last, and most certainly not least! Steve is working on a limited edition 45 RPM series of 25 classic jazz and blues albums for Analogue Productions/Acoustic Sounds. These will be sold in a strictly limited edition first-come-first-serve series of 1000 pieces, with the first 100 ordered being autographed by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray. Featuring classic albums by Bill Evans/Sonny Rollins/Thelonious Monk/Art Pepper/Ben Webster/Count Basie/Miles Davis/Duke Ellington/John Coltrane/Coleman Hawkins and many more. Double sided 45 RPM discs. Pure analog!


ADDED 9/4/02

For Audio Fidelity, Steve is working on a dual layer hybrid "Ritchie Valens Greatest Hits" SACD. Featuring his hits "La Bamba", "Donna", "Come On Let's Go", "Ooh, My Head" and all the other great Valens songs from the Gold Star Studios master tapes. Steve writes: "Ritchie on SACD is going to cook! Wait and see!"

Also for Audio Fidelity Hybrid SACD, Steve is working on two classic jazz titles from 1959/60:

  • "Tommy Turrentine Plus The Max Roach Quintet, Featuring Stanley Turrentine". Mastered from the two-track original mixes.
  • "A Session With The Sonny Clark Trio, featuring Sonny Clark/Piano, Max Roach/Drums & George Duvivier/Bass". Sonny Clark, was an amazing player who had such a tragic life. This will be Steve's first DSD mastering directly from the THREE-TRACK SESSION TAPES!


Many outtakes will be included as well!


ADDED 8/16/02
"The Everly Brothers' Best (Original Cadence Recordings)" dual layer SACD is in the works, mastered by Steve from the original master tapes. This dual layer Audio Fidelity SACD is slated for release ASAP!

The first three Creedence Clearwater Revival albums ("Self Titled", "Bayou Country" and "Green River") have just been mastered to dual layer SACD to be released by Analogue Productions. Steve is proud of his mastering work on these SACD's and thinks you will be quite amazed at the sound! "Wait until you hear Susie Q", Steve says gleefully!


ADDED 8/04/02
Our second Steve Hoffman Drawing was held today, and we want to congratulate SH Forum member Tony Caldwell, who won a signed vinyl test pressing of the Creedence Clearwater Revival album: "Pendulum". Congratulations Tony!


UPDATED 7/30/02
Thanks to The Absolute Sound, Stereophile and many other Audio mags and on line audio reviewers for the kind words about the Creedence LP's from Analogue Productions. More to come, and wait until you hear the SACD's!

Over 1 MILLION HITS on the SH website since inception in January. Thanks one and all!

"The Zombies Greatest Hits" dual layer SACD is in the manufacturing stage, and the CD layer sounds amazing. Can't wait to hear the DSD test from Sony and Sonopress!


ADDED 7/14/2002
The Zombies "Greatest Hits" is being mastered by Steve for a dual layer SACD release by Audio Fidelity. 20 great tracks!


Lon Neumann of Sony Corp.,
Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray working on
Steve's new "The Zombies Greatest Hits" SACD

(Photo by Rick Hashimoto)


ADDED 6/16/2002
The first Steve Hoffman mastered SACD's are on their way! First up, two great albums from Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Willie And The Poor Boys" and "Cosmo's Factory". Each will be dual layered, with both stereo High-Resolution SACD and Redbook CD layers. Steve just got the test pressings back from Sonopress, Germany, and is delighted with the way they turned out. Soon to be released by Analogue Productions (Acoustic Sounds).

Over 1/2 million visitors and counting! Lots of links added to the "site seeing" section (see right), and also two new mastering projects added: A cd of rarities from The Pixies, and also a continuation of the Rural Rhythm compilation cd series titled "Mountain Guitar Pickin' (24 Bluegrass Instrumental Favorites)".


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Sign up for the newsletter and you'll be automatically entered for a free LP/CD giveaway! (Of course, if you are already subscribed to the Newsletter, you are already entered for the drawing - no need to sign up a second time). This will be a recurring event, so join now!

Rick Hashimoto, RTI's master pressman, and Steve inspect a new metal stamper before it's put into service.

(Photo by Peter Bizlewicz)



Many exciting things are in the works, including the launching of an Audiophile reissue label that both DCC's Sam Passamano and Steve will be involved with: S&P RECORDS. The goal of S&P Records is to build a tremendous catalog of CLASSIC Pop, Rock and Jazz titles by our favorite major artists on 180-gram Virgin Vinyl LP, stereo and multi-channel SACD and DVD-A, and 24 Karat Gold CD. To be nationally distributed by Ryko Distribution and internationally by Cisco Music. More details later!

Additionally, be sure to check out the SH Forums and join in on our discussions about music! There's nearly always someone online that loves to talk music, including Steve!

  • "O Blues, Where Art Thou?" Various Artists
    John Lee Hooker, Lightin' Hopkins, and more!
    180+ Gram Virgin Vinyl

  • John Lee Hooker "Boogie Chillen"
    180+ Gram Virgin Vinyl

  • Lightnin' Hopkins "Broken Hearted Blues"
    John Lee Hooker, Lightin' Hopkins, and more!
    180+ Gram Virgin Vinyl

  • The Everly Brothers' Best
    Original Cadence Recordings
    Dual layer Super Audio Disc (SACD)

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Self-titled"
    Dual layer Super Audio Disc (SACD)

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Bayou Country"
    Dual layer Super Audio Disc (SACD)

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Green River"
    Dual layer Super Audio Disc (SACD)

  • The Zombies "Greatest Hits"
    Dual layer Super Audio Disc (SACD) and 180-gram virgin vinyl RTI pressed LP. From Audio Fidelity

  • Johnny Horton "Makes History", featuring "The Battle Of New Orleans" and "Sink The Bismarck",
    CD mastered directly from the original stereo Columbia Records master tapes. S&P Records SPR-704

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Willie And The Poor Boys"
    Dual layer Super Audio Disc (SACD)


  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Cosmo's Factory"
    Dual layer Super Audio Disc (SACD)

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Pendulum"
    180-gram Virgin Vinyl RTI pressed LP

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Mardi-Gras"
    180-gram Virgin Vinyl RTI pressed LP

  • Songs Of Rural America (25 Mountain Music Classics)
    Rural Rhythm RHY-278

  • The Pixies "The Pixies"
    First release of some rare Pixies titles from the original master tapes

  • Mountain Guitar Pickin' (24 Bluegrass Instrumental Favorites)
    Rural Rhythm RHY-274


  • Judy Garland "Judy In Love"
    First CD release, from the original three-track Capitol session tapes

  • Judy Garland "Alone" (includes special bonus track)
    First CD release, from the original Capitol session tapes

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "First Album"
    Featuring "Susie Q" -
    180-gram Virgin Vinyl RTI pressed LP

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Bayou Country"
    180-gram Virgin Vinyl RTI pressed LP

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Green River"
    180-gram Virgin Vinyl RTI pressed LP

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Willie And The Poor Boys"
    180-gram Virgin Vinyl RTI pressed LP

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Cosmo's Factory"
    180-gram Virgin Vinyl RTI pressed LP

  • Eva Cassidy "Songbird"
    180-gram Virgin Vinyl RTI pressed LP with separate bonus 45 rpm disc of "Over The Rainbow" and "Fields of Gold"

  • Mary Black"No Frontiers"
    180-gram Virgin Vinyl RTI pressed LP

  • Sonny Rollins "Saxophone Colossus"
    180-gram Virgin Vinyl RTI pressed LP

    All LP's to be vacuum tube cut at Kevin Gray's "AcousTech Mastering" from the ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES!


  • Clair Marlo "Trinity"

  • Dougie MacClean "Live"

  • Fred Darian "Johnny Willow"
    (first stereo release)

  • Dobie Gray "Greatest Hits"
    (first release from the original 3-tracks)

  • Various Artists "25 Songs Of Rural America"

  • Various Artists "24 Down Home Bluegrass Gospel Favorites"

Kevin & Steve getting ready to cut
side 1 of "Cosmo's Factory"

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