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Are there any Led Zeppelin master tapes released to the public?


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On Youtube, I've heard a few people's remasters of Led Zeppelin songs.  Naturally, theirs sounded like it was a direct remaster from the master tapes.  It didn't sound like they took a remaster and remastered the remaster (if that isn't too confusing, lol).  I was just wondering where they might have gotten digital copies of the masters (if they did)?  Or if not, how did they get such a raw copy to master?

Edit: For clarity I want the masters so I can remaster the tapes.  Ever since I heard Good Times Bad Times I have always wanted to "make it my own" in the sense that I would master it and then have basically a song no one ever heard.  If that sounds weird, it probably is.  To master a song then never release it (seems even weird to me).  But I think that behind all those effects, is nice, clear music.

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A few years ago, I recall someone shared a bunch of digital files which were sourced from flat transfers of the first 6 albums.

"The “bin master” tapes came from a Studio in NY. The original (bin) analogue master tapes were transferred digitally at 32/192 from a calibrated Ampex ATR-102 at 15 IPS . Or in some cases @96/24. I do not know of the ADC but it was the studio’s own. =quality. The tapes were destined to be thrown into a waste skip as not required any more. The guys who transferred them were sound engineers, one of them was also a record producer."

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3 hours ago, pluribus said:

"The “bin master” tapes came from a Studio in NY. The original (bin) analogue master tapes were transferred digitally at 32/192 from a calibrated Ampex ATR-102 at 15 IPS . Or in some cases @96/24. I do not know of the ADC but it was the studio’s own. =quality. The tapes were destined to be thrown into a waste skip as not required any more. The guys who transferred them were sound engineers, one of them was also a record producer."

😆  yeah, they were just going to throw out the masters...

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Yeah. I think the lineage is that they were deemed to be "flat" transfer copies (i.e. no added EQ) of the original album mixes that were then EQ'd for one of the rounds of remaster releases.   So, disposing these particular copies wouldn't have been a problem, since they were copies made from the masters that were then used as the basis for further EQ'ing.

 

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