David Cheppa

Profile:
Mastering and vinyl cutting engineer who began his career in 1974. Owner of Better Quality Sound.

Mastering signature: DC, often before BQS (may be often misread as DeBos, DeB?s, DeBφs, DcBφs, Dc365, DeRcs, DeRos, Lee Ros or similar). Please enter this as:
Add a company: Lacquer Cut At – Better Quality Sound
Add a credit: Lacquer Cut By – David Cheppa + ANV DC

He has worked for Oasis Mastering and at Plush Vinyl.
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ELPS 1003, ELPS-1003 I Am Curious (Jewish) — David Cheppa Sam Moss (2) Sam Moss (2) - I Am Curious (Jewish)(LP, Promo) Earth Records (2), Earth Records (2) ELPS 1003, ELPS-1003 US 1969 Sell This Version
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WND11276 Fever In The Funkhouse — David Cheppa General Crook General Crook - Fever In The Funkhouse(7", Styrene, She) Wand WND11276 US 1974 Sell This Version
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RDJ-7164 Helplessly (Part I) — David Cheppa The Moment Of Truth* The Moment Of Truth* - Helplessly (Part I)(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Roulette RDJ-7164 US 1975 Sell This Version
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SLP 384 Cosa Nuestra — David Cheppa Willie Colon* Canta: Hector Lavoe Willie Colon* Canta: Hector Lavoe - Cosa Nuestra (Album) Fania Records SLP 384 US 1977 Sell This Version
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SH 248 Positive Force — David Cheppa Positive Force Positive Force - Positive Force (Album) Sugar Hill Records SH 248 US 1980 Sell This Version
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JOAH 1001 Beatle Songs From Joah Valley — David Cheppa Joah Valley Joah Valley - Beatle Songs From Joah Valley(LP) Joah Valley Co. JOAH 1001 US 1980 Sell This Version
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2081.1&2 Ahead Of Your Time & Images — David Cheppa Android A 21st Century Band Android A 21st Century Band - Ahead Of Your Time & Images(7", Single) Amp Records (7) 2081.1&2 US 1981 Sell This Version
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2082.1 In Tune With Tomorrow — David Cheppa Android A 21st Century Band Android A 21st Century Band - In Tune With Tomorrow(LP, Blu) AMP Records (7) 2082.1 US 1982 Sell This Version
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VOXX VHM 200.008, VOXX VXS 200.008 Acid Visions — David Cheppa Various Various - Acid Visions(LP, Comp) Voxx Records, Voxx Records VOXX VHM 200.008, VOXX VXS 200.008 US 1983 Sell This Version
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none Tailgunner — David Cheppa Tailgunner (3) Tailgunner (3) - Tailgunner(LP, Album) Rapid none US 1983 Sell This Version
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T 329V1, T6-329S1 Let's Get It On — David Cheppa Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On (Album) Tamla, Tamla T 329V1, T6-329S1 US 1988 Sell This Version
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MB1009 So Glad To Have The Blues — David Cheppa Rod Piazza Rod Piazza - So Glad To Have The Blues(LP, Album, TP) Murray Brothers Records MB1009 US 1988 Sell This Version
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NRA30 Don't Break Me — David Cheppa Samiam Samiam - Don't Break Me(10", MiniAlbum, Whi) New Red Archives NRA30 US 1992 Sell This Version
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ES10 11011 Thin, Slim & None / Flunkie — David Cheppa Ron Asheton / Empty Set (3) Ron Asheton / Empty Set (3) - Thin, Slim & None / Flunkie(10", Blu) Birdcage Records ES10 11011 US 1992 Sell This Version
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S11-56853 Trans Europe Express — David Cheppa Kraftwerk Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express(LP, Album, RE) Capitol Records S11-56853 US 1993 Sell This Version
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S11-56854, SN-16302 The Man-Machine — David Cheppa Kraftwerk Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine(LP, Album, RE) Capitol Records, Capitol Records S11-56854, SN-16302 US 1993 Sell This Version
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ANDA 166lp Mo' Width — David Cheppa Blues Explosion* Blues Explosion* - Mo' Width (Album) Au Go Go ANDA 166lp Australia 1994 Sell This Version
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NJLP 8282 Sounds Of Africa — David Cheppa Ahmed Abdul-Malik Ahmed Abdul-Malik - Sounds Of Africa(LP, Album, RE) New Jazz NJLP 8282 US 1995 Sell This Version
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ZS001 Obsidian — David Cheppa Vineland Vineland - Obsidian(7", Single) Zero Sum Records ZS001 US 1995 Sell This Version
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F016-LP The Scene Is Not For Sale — David Cheppa Glue Gun Glue Gun - The Scene Is Not For Sale(LP, Album) Fearless Records F016-LP US 1995 Sell This Version
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none Hand Made Words — David Cheppa Various Various - Hand Made Words(LP, Comp) Toyland Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
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LOV002, 09 Sound Laboratories — David Cheppa Frodus Frodus - Sound Laboratories(7", Single) Lovitt Records, Shute Records LOV002, 09 US 1995 Sell This Version
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TMU014 Blood Of Christ — David Cheppa Worst Case Scenario (4) Worst Case Scenario (4) - Blood Of Christ(7") Troubleman Unlimited TMU014 US 1996 Sell This Version
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MTR-334 Masonic Youth — David Cheppa Scared Of Chaka Scared Of Chaka - Masonic Youth(LP, Album) Empty Records MTR-334 US 1996 Sell This Version
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86462-1 Dance With Me — David Cheppa T.S.O.L. T.S.O.L. - Dance With Me(LP, Album, RE) Epitaph 86462-1 US 1996 Sell This Version

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leavingharvard

leavingharvard

June 20, 2022
If anyone wants to know what sources Cheppa uses, it is almost always digital. From his own interview in the Mastering Engineer's Handbook, Second Edition, page 175: "What is the master format that you usually get in? DAVID CHEPPA: I get everything, but most of the stuff comes on optical, like a CD-R. The reason I prefer that is—and I don’t care what anyone says—it’s the most stable format we have right now. I would always prefer it if someone can give me an optical format because I know, no matter where it was burnt, unless their burners are bad or they have a defective CD, it will always work."
mikeh69

mikeh69

August 13, 2021
https://www.discogs.com/The-Velvet-Underground-Nico-The-Velvet-Underground-Nico/release/15497972 This record I just purchased a day ago because I finally wanted a copy where I could peel off the banana stick it back on and have the suing asshole who's hanging upside down above the band performing .... Plus I wanted a newer sounding vinyl from the original tapes even if they were digital for this recording or WLWH what difference does it make ... Probably be able to hear it more clearer... But I noticed this DC guy did many of these in 2000 vs 2019 which was when this was released.. I heard the BTB are bad not sure if that's true or not... But what I want to know ... Ah screw it I bought it I 'll find out either way ... It just took me so long to choose one because since 2000 they been reissuing these titles like COKE ...
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an.earful.of.wax

an.earful.of.wax

March 6, 2021
I've seen this inscription in deadwax of some of the better Scorpio reissues I've had (most recently, Nubians of Plutonia by Sun Ra).

I wonder what the source material is for some of these reissues. I can't imagine it would often be the original masters, but I don't buy the "Scorpio just copies cds onto records" thing either.

Either way, I usually can rest assured if I pick up a Scorpio and see the DC BQS signature in the deadwax.
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pano9000

pano9000

November 3, 2017
From my experience with releases he mastered, they all suffer from the same problem:
The bass and highs are cranked up and the mids are suffering from it. Whether it's an LP or a 12" - it's the same issue.
Not necessarily noticeable directly, but if you compare his cuts to other people's cuts (be it an original vs reissue pressing or e.g. a song from 12" he cut vs. the same song on the LP, which he did not cut), you will definitely hear it. I have several samples here, if anyone wants to hear it.
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