Breaking News! (sort of) :
Today (July 14, 2022) questions are being raised in the audiophile community regarding Mobile Fidelity (MoFI)’s process for producing their high-quality records. Is it truly a 100% analog process, and in some cases just 1-step from the analog master tape? Or is it from a DSD or other digital file?
Transparency, or lack thereof, is not breaking news, but what re-ignited concern in the community has been MoFi's recent announcement of a 40th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller".
From MoFi’s website:
Mobile Fidelity's UltraDisc One-Step 180g 33RPM LP set is mastered from the original analog master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 40,000 numbered copies.
This promotion begs the question, How do they produce 40,000 copies from a 1-step process without exposing the original master tape to excessive wear and possible irrevocable harm?
Mike Esposito pulled the trigger, and describes the 1-step process very well, and how it practically limits in the numbers of pressings you can create. E.g. a few thousand copies before you need a new stamper, and thus a new lacquer from the original master tape. Mike'a YouTube posts:
BREAKING NEWS: ALL Mobile Fidelity titles since 2015 Are digital? My thoughts (original post)
Mobile Fidelity UPDATE New details on the current Controversy (updated July 16)
Mike Esposito, of The In Groove records made his concerns known today on his YouTube channel "The In’Groove” – https://www.theingroove.com/ sells rare and collectable audiophile records in Phoenix AZ. His channel has 38K subscribers.