MonkeyBoy wrote:One more question- if the original tape is called the master, is that the same master from which laquers are cut? I had been under the impression that the master used for that was something made from "the master" that had been tweaked for better balance, etc.
Yes. The master is the tape used. We "tweak" as we go. Mastering consoles are what is known as AB consoles. They have two identical sets of controls-level, EQ, etc-and if a change is needed between songs we just crossfade to the other set of stuff.
Some folks-not me-make "cutting masters" that incorporate the tweaking so they don't have to do it as you go. Then there are the copies that are made so that in 5 years when new lacquers-called masters are needed (confusing, isn't it?)-they will have the EQ and level changes of the original.