The ARCHIVAL TAPE MASTERCUT EDITION

Supersense Universal Music Austria proudly present: The ARCHIVAL TAPE MASTERCUT EDITION. 

A revolution in record production

In an exclusive collaboration with Universal Music Austria, Supersense is launching a high-end record to put music lovers into the audio’s engineer’s seat: the Mastercut Edition.

In the common record production process, the "Mastercut" serves solely as a template from which the pressing stamper is derived and which is destroyed in that process. But in this edition, each and every record is the original Mastercut, hand-cut directly into a lacquer disc. Making this premium-quality component of record production widely available for the first time!

Unedited original recordings of music history

For this project, Universal Music Group, the world leader in music- based entertainment, provided access to its archives containing the greatest recordings from over a century of music history. These reproductions are mady by carefully selecting original sound recordings that are transferred to disc completely unedited from the original tape.

Supersense founder Florian “Doc” Kaps says: “The Mastercut Edition is a deep dive into Universal Music Group’s vaults and some of the most celebrated recordings from the most iconic labels in the world. We selected quintessential tapes for super limited, all analog one-to-one copies of the world's most beloved recordings, revealing and celebrating their true, unaltered soul for the most authentic listening experience.” 

The Mastercut Edition launches on November 10th, 2021, with an all-star line-up of four titles: 

John Coltrane / A Love Supreme

Recorded in December 1964 at Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA. The most famous and successful studio album of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane is still considered his masterpiece.

Getz / Gilberto 

Recorded in March 1963 at A&R Studios, New York, NY, USA. The multi-Grammy winning album "Getz/Gilberto" by Stanz Getz, João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto was one of the best-selling albums of all time and marked a peak of the bossa nova wave.

Carlos Kleiber / Wiener Philharmoniker

Recorded in the spring of 1975 at the Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria. One of the most important conductors of the 20th century performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor with the Vienna Philharmonic.

Martha Argerich / Piano

Recorded in July 1960 at Beethovensaal in Hannover, Germany. Known for her spirited playing, the pianist impressed at the tender age of seven, when she debuted with Beethoven, and continues to be a busy protagonist of the piano world. Pieces by Chopin, Brahms, Prokofiev, Ravel and Liszt.

Handmade collectibles available now

Every single Edition is handcrafted in the Viennese Supersense manufactory by a small team of experts in the fields of record cutting, traditional printing methods and packaging design.

In addition to the high-quality sound carrier, each edition contains valuable, partly historical accompanying documents - also in purely analog technology and reproduced by hand, such as the original recording protocol of Deutsche Grammophon or historical photographs reproduced as Polaroid. 

The strictly limited mastercut editions will be available from 10th November 2021 at www.supersense.com/mastercut and at selected Universal Music Group web stores.