National Sound Corporation

National Sound Corporation

Profil:
Detroit, Michigan, USA

Legendary mastering studio where releases by many Detroit techno artists where mastered, cut and engineered.
In 1989 Steve Martel and Ron Murphy decided to open a store specializing in old phonograph records, situated at 17610 W. Warren in Detroit, Michigan called National Sound Corporation. Ron Murhpy had been mastering records since the mid 1960's for recording artists such as Isaac Hayes and Forest Hairston.

When forming National Sound Corporation, Ron and Steve had the idea of also being able to cut Dub plates and records for use in their customer's jukeboxes, and so some record cutting equipment was also set up in one of the shops back rooms. Shortly after opening, they were visited by Derrick May and Juan Atkins who, while looking for records, noticed the cutting lathe and asked about having some acetates made. After cutting a couple of dubs for Derrick and Juan, Ron was told that there were a lot of Detroit producers that needed a local place to have dubs and masters cut. Ron decided to upgrade the equipment while Derrick and Juan spread the word about the new cutting service.

The first master to be cut was Plus 8 Records Ltd. label, followed a week later by Underground Resistance label. Since those first masters back in '89 there have been thousands that have followed, all inscribed with the initials NSC. Producers were encouraged by Ron to make their records unique, by including information and phrases written onto the records, and even going as far as to talking Kevin Saunderson into cutting one of his records in reverse, and cutting locked grooves for Jeff Mills' Discovers The Rings Of Saturn project.

The death of Steve Martel in 1994, and the subsequent problems that arose with the remaining estate, led Ron to purchase the equipment and relocate the recording service to a new location, the success of which had already led to the closure of the retail side of the business. The new name chosen was the Sound Enterprises, however Ron continued to put the old NSC logo on each master produced, in memory of Steve Martel without whom the business would have never been started.

Sadly, Ron Murphy passed away on Saturday, January 12th 2008.

Other releases mastered with NSC-X2 Groove Technology:
Underground Resistance Hidden In Plainsight EP
Metroplex Riding The Thin Line
KMS Velocity Funk / Banjo / The Move (Remixes)
Axis Apollo EP
430 West Groove Within The Groove
Direct Beat Private Dancer
Interdimensional Transmissions Destroy Your Powercenters
Sous-labels
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Label

Cat N°  Artiste Titre (Format) Label Cat N°  Pays Année
- Untitled pochette d'album Various Untitled(Acetate, 12") Not On Label - Canada Unknown Vendre cette version
- Ills In Society pochette d'album Poetic Justice (5) Ills In Society(12", W/Lbl) Not On Label - US Unknown Vendre cette version
001 Zoids Vol. 1 / Ascendance pochette d'album John Selway / BPMF John Selway / BPMF - Zoids Vol. 1 / Ascendance(12", W/Lbl) Serotonin 001 US 1995 Vendre cette version
001 Deep Rooted E.P. pochette d'album Greg Rapier, Allen Wright Greg Rapier, Allen Wright - Deep Rooted E.P.(12", EP, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Greg Rapier), Not On Label (Allen Wright) 001 US Unknown Vendre cette version
001 CD LE Vantage Isle [Extended Edition] pochette d'album DeepChord Vantage Isle [Extended Edition](CDr, Ltd, Promo) echospace [detroit] 001 CD LE US 2007 Vendre cette version
001 mg On The Down Low / Mist pochette d'album Freaky Flow And P.J.* Freaky Flow And P.J.* - On The Down Low / Mist(12", Single) Placebo Recordings 001 mg Canada 1997 Vendre cette version
#2 Ambassador 9 Ninety / The Makeshift Conquest pochette d'album Ambassador 9 Ninety / The Makeshift Conquest Ambassador 9 Ninety / The Makeshift Conquest - Ambassador 9 Ninety / The Makeshift Conquest #2 US 1997 Vendre cette version
2INZ 00140 Stars pochette d'album Naomi Daniel Stars 2INZ 00140 US 1993 Vendre cette version
003 Unknown Artist Untitled(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Mix Records 003 US Unknown Vendre cette version
3CH-1 Three Chairs pochette d'album Rick Wilhite, Kenny Dixon Jr. & Theo Parrish Present Three Chairs* Rick Wilhite, Kenny Dixon Jr. & Theo Parrish Present Three Chairs* - Three Chairs(2x12") Three Chairs 3CH-1 US 1997 Vendre cette version
3INZ00161 Feel The Fire pochette d'album Naomi Daniel Feel The Fire(12", W/Lbl) I Ner Zon Sounds 3INZ00161 US 1993 Vendre cette version
3 inz 312160 Feel The Fire pochette d'album Naomi Daniel Feel The Fire(2x12") I Ner Zon Sounds 3 inz 312160 US 1993 Vendre cette version
003 mg What It Takes - The Official Remixes pochette d'album Choclair What It Takes - The Official Remixes(12") Placebo Recordings 003 mg Canada 1997 Vendre cette version
4BC Can You Feel The Love? pochette d'album Chris Nazuka & Derrick Carter Can You Feel The Love? 4BC US 1995 Vendre cette version
4W-100 Octivation - The EP pochette d'album Octave One Octivation - The EP (EP) 4W-100 US 1990 Vendre cette version
4W-100B Octivation - The EP pochette d'album Octave One Octivation - The EP (EP) 4W-100B US 1991 Vendre cette version
4W-110 What Is A Dancer? pochette d'album Metro D What Is A Dancer?(12") 430 West 4W-110 US 1991 Vendre cette version
4W-120 Falling In Dub pochette d'album Random Noise Generation Falling In Dub 4W-120 US 1991 Vendre cette version
4W-125 Inequality pochette d'album Eddie Flashin Fowlkes* Inequality 4W-125 US 1991 Vendre cette version
4W-130 Random Beats & Tracks Vol. I pochette d'album Random Noise Generation Random Beats & Tracks Vol. I 4W-130 US 1993 Vendre cette version
4W-140 Survival Instinct pochette d'album Vice Survival Instinct(12") 430 West 4W-140 US 1991 Vendre cette version
4W-145 TP1 pochette d'album Terrence Parker TP1 4W-145 US 1992 Vendre cette version
4W-150 Falling In Dub (The Remixes) pochette d'album Random Noise Generation Falling In Dub (The Remixes) 4W-150 US 1992 Vendre cette version
4W-155 Call My Name (The Remixes) pochette d'album Terrence Parker And The D.J.B. Terrence Parker And The D.J.B. - Call My Name (The Remixes) 4W-155 US 1992 Vendre cette version
4W-160 In The City pochette d'album Metro D In The City 4W-160 US 1992 Vendre cette version
4W-165 Day By Day pochette d'album Never On Sunday Day By Day 4W-165 US 1992 Vendre cette version
4W-175 Good Stuff pochette d'album Sight Beyond Sight Good Stuff 4W-175 US 1992 Vendre cette version
4W - 180 Living My Life Underground pochette d'album Mind Readers Featuring Malik Hart Mind Readers Featuring Malik Hart - Living My Life Underground 4W - 180 US 1993 Vendre cette version
4W - 185 Sunrise pochette d'album Family Of Few Sunrise 4W - 185 US 1993 Vendre cette version
4W-270 Detroit Techno City II pochette d'album Various Detroit Techno City II 4W-270 US 1996 Vendre cette version
4w-315 Groove Within The Groove pochette d'album Gerald Mitchell Groove Within The Groove(12") 430 West 4w-315 US 1999 Vendre cette version
4w-320 Genetic  Remixes pochette d'album WildPlanet* Genetic Remixes 4w-320 US 1999 Vendre cette version
4w-335 Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Two - Dissident pochette d'album Octave One Presents Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Octave One Presents Kaotic Spacial Rhythms - Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Two - Dissident 4w-335 US 1999 Vendre cette version
4w-340 Black Water pochette d'album Octave One Black Water(12") 430 West 4w-340 US 2000 Vendre cette version
4w-345 Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Three - Barrage pochette d'album Octave One Presents Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Octave One Presents Kaotic Spacial Rhythms - Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Three - Barrage 4w-345 US 2000 Vendre cette version
5BC Vision pochette d'album C++ Vision 5BC US 1995 Vendre cette version
6BC Experimental pochette d'album Oniero* Experimental 6BC US 1995 Vendre cette version
+8 PRO-1 No Restrictions / Release The Energy / F.U. / Assassin pochette d'album Groove Sector (3), F.U.S.E., Texas Audio Groove Sector (3), F.U.S.E., Texas Audio - No Restrictions / Release The Energy / F.U. / Assassin(12") Hi-Bias Records, Plus 8 Records, Probe Records +8 PRO-1 Canada 1991 Vendre cette version
12BOMB001 Soul Searching pochette d'album Sun Children Soul Searching(12") Bomb Records 12BOMB001 Canada 1994 Vendre cette version
12BOMB002 War Cries / Ehéctal pochette d'album Chito (El Mescalero) War Cries / Ehéctal(12") Bomb Records 12BOMB002 US 1994 Vendre cette version
12BOMB003 Excursions E.P. pochette d'album The Magi Excursions E.P.(12", EP) Bomb Records 12BOMB003 US 1994 Vendre cette version
12BOMB008 Todd's Revenge / Inundacion pochette d'album J.L. Magoya Todd's Revenge / Inundacion(12") Bomb Records 12BOMB008 US 1996 Vendre cette version
12BOMB011 Germs pochette d'album Kenneth Graham Germs(12") Bomb Records 12BOMB011 US 1997 Vendre cette version
12DEF001 Seriously pochette d'album Jetstream Seriously(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF001 Canada 1992 Vendre cette version
12DEF003 Never pochette d'album Robot Man* Never 12DEF003 Canada 1992 Vendre cette version
12DEF004 Do Da Doo (Remixes) pochette d'album Robot Man* Do Da Doo (Remixes)(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF004 Canada 1993 Vendre cette version
12DEF005 Worship (Que Divina!) pochette d'album Las Americas Worship (Que Divina!)(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF005 Canada 1993 Vendre cette version
12DEF006 House For All pochette d'album Blunted Dummies House For All 12DEF006 Canada 1993 Vendre cette version
12DEF008 Feel All Right pochette d'album Chuck Phulasol* Feel All Right(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF008 Canada 1993 Vendre cette version
12DEF010 Work it pochette d'album The Chris Simmonds Project* Work it(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF010 Canada 1993 Vendre cette version
12DEF013 Do Da Doo (Plastikman's 'Acid House' Remix) pochette d'album Robot Man* Do Da Doo (Plastikman's 'Acid House' Remix)(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF013 Canada 1994 Vendre cette version
12DEF015 Whispers pochette d'album Wax Fruit Whispers(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF015 Canada 1994 Vendre cette version
12DEF016 72 Nova pochette d'album Omegaman 72 Nova(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF016 Canada 1994 Vendre cette version
12DEF018 Glue pochette d'album Barada Glue(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF018 Canada 1994 Vendre cette version
12DEF019 Roller Skate Disco pochette d'album Ian Pooley Roller Skate Disco 12DEF019 Canada 1994 Vendre cette version
12DEF031 Barbie's Theme pochette d'album Barada vs. Omegaman Barada vs. Omegaman - Barbie's Theme(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF031 Canada 1995 Vendre cette version
12DEF033 Fruit Loops pochette d'album Nick Holder Fruit Loops(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF033 Canada 1995 Vendre cette version
12DEF034 Acid House For All pochette d'album Various Acid House For All(3x12", Comp, Ltd) Definitive Recordings, Definitive Recordings, Definitive Recordings 12DEF034 Canada 1995 Vendre cette version
12DEF036 Acid House For All.3 pochette d'album Various Acid House For All.3(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF036 Canada 1996 Vendre cette version
12DEF037 Higher pochette d'album Math-U-Matix* Higher(12", Pin) Definitive Recordings 12DEF037 Canada 1996 Vendre cette version
12DEF038 Volume 1 pochette d'album AR* Volume 1(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF038 Canada 1996 Vendre cette version
12DEF039 Get On It pochette d'album Whateverman Get On It(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF039 Canada 1996 Vendre cette version
12DEF040 Fruit Loops 2 pochette d'album Nick Holder Fruit Loops 2(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF040 Canada 1996 Vendre cette version
12DEF041 Trax 4 Daze Vol. 2 pochette d'album Trax 4 Daze Trax 4 Daze Vol. 2 12DEF041 Canada 1996 Vendre cette version
12DEF043 Supersonic pochette d'album Liquid Groovy Supersonic(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF043 Canada 1996 Vendre cette version
12DEF047 Turn Me On pochette d'album Future Legends Turn Me On(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF047 Canada 1996 Vendre cette version
12DEF050 The Diskoshuffle EP / The Funkmaster EP pochette d'album Nick Morris* & Jamie Lewis / Jamie Lewis & DJ N-Joy Nick Morris* & Jamie Lewis / Jamie Lewis & DJ N-Joy - The Diskoshuffle EP / The Funkmaster EP(12", EP) Definitive Recordings 12DEF050 Canada 1997 Vendre cette version
12DEF052 House For All Vol. 2 pochette d'album Various House For All Vol. 2(2x12", Comp) Definitive Recordings 12DEF052 Canada 1997 Vendre cette version
12DEF054 Reachin pochette d'album Omegaman Reachin(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF054 Canada 1997 Vendre cette version
12PCON7 Time Tunnel pochette d'album Legion Of Green Men Time Tunnel(12", Ltd, Num) Post Contemporary 12PCON7 Canada 1992 Vendre cette version
12PCON9 Midnight Genius EP pochette d'album L.O.G.M.* Midnight Genius EP(12", EP, Ltd, Num) Post Contemporary 12PCON9 Canada 1993 Vendre cette version
020 Carnivalesque pochette d'album Modal Carnivalesque(2x12") Sounds., Sounds 020 US 1997 Vendre cette version
101 No Boundaries EP pochette d'album Global (2) No Boundaries EP(12", EP) Excel Records 101 US 1992 Vendre cette version
313-1 Vantage Isle Sessions pochette d'album DeepChord Vantage Isle Sessions(CD, Comp) echospace [detroit] 313-1 US 2008 Vendre cette version
313-2 Starlight pochette d'album Model 500 Starlight(CD) echospace [detroit] 313-2 US 2008 Vendre cette version
313-5 Echospace [Detroit] Presents: "Altering Illusions" [Chapter One] pochette d'album cv313 Echospace [Detroit] Presents: "Altering Illusions" [Chapter One](2xCD) echospace [detroit] 313-5 US 2014 Vendre cette version
611 FUNK 02 More Funky Shit pochette d'album Nigel Richards More Funky Shit(12") Sixeleven Records (611) 611 FUNK 02 US 1995 Vendre cette version
611 LTD 02 Philadelphia Acid Experiments Two pochette d'album Nigel Richards Philadelphia Acid Experiments Two(10", Ltd, Promo) Sixeleven Records (611) 611 LTD 02 US 1995 Vendre cette version
6-002 Kobu Edits pochette d'album Amplified Orchestra Kobu Edits(12", Promo) 6 Records 6-002 US 2007 Vendre cette version
9502 Bodyjazz Bodyfusion pochette d'album Aquarhythms Bodyjazz Bodyfusion(2x12", Ltd) Aquarhythms 9502 US 1995 Vendre cette version
96:01 01:96 pochette d'album Concept 1 01:96(12", Ltd) Concept 1 96:01 Canada 1996 Vendre cette version
0-40640 I Believe pochette d'album The Reese Project I Believe(12") Giant Records, Warner Bros. Records 0-40640 US 1992 Vendre cette version
212-014-1 Untitled pochette d'album Steve Stoll Untitled(12") 212 Productions 212-014-1 US 2002 Vendre cette version
9 24460-4 Faith Hope & Clarity pochette d'album The Reese Project Faith Hope & Clarity(Cass, Album, SR,) Giant Records, Giant Records 9 24460-4 US 1992 Vendre cette version
11054789 Thedappertie pochette d'album John Anaya Thedappertie(LP) National Sound Corporation 11054789 US Unknown Vendre cette version
A² 001 Emotional Content pochette d'album Keith Worthy Emotional Content(12") Aesthetic Audio A² 001 US 2007 Vendre cette version
A² 002 Shelovesmenot pochette d'album Keith Worthy Shelovesmenot(12", W/Lbl) Aesthetic Audio A² 002 US 2007 Vendre cette version
A10-002 Burning pochette d'album M.K.* Burning A10-002 US 1991 Vendre cette version
A10-003 Just A Dream pochette d'album 4th Measure Men Just A Dream A10-003 US 1992 Vendre cette version
ACC001 The Silicon Ghetto EP Vol. 1 pochette d'album Various The Silicon Ghetto EP Vol. 1(12", EP) Accelerate ACC001 US 1992 Vendre cette version
ACC002 The Silicon Ghetto EP Vol. 2 pochette d'album Various The Silicon Ghetto EP Vol. 2(12", EP) Accelerate ACC002 US 1993 Vendre cette version
ACC100 Ghetto Trax pochette d'album DB-X* Ghetto Trax ACC100 US 1993 Vendre cette version
ACC101 Bleep pochette d'album DB-X* Bleep ACC101 US 1993 Vendre cette version
ACC-102 Losing Control pochette d'album DBX Losing Control(12", W/Lbl) Accelerate ACC-102 US 1994 Vendre cette version
AD0001 Outer Rim pochette d'album Alpha Delta Division Outer Rim(12", S/Sided) Alpha Delta Division AD0001 Australia 1999 Vendre cette version
Adrenacrome 3 Touched By Sound pochette d'album M. Acardipane* Touched By Sound(12") Adrenacrome Adrenacrome 3 Germany 1998 Vendre cette version
AE 004 Masterbeat pochette d'album Tempest (4) Masterbeat(12", M/Print) All Ears AE 004 US Unknown Vendre cette version
aerial 001 Cycle EP pochette d'album Aquila Cycle EP(12", EP) Aerial Recordings aerial 001 Australia 1996 Vendre cette version
AES 003 Underground Anthems Vol. 2 pochette d'album Various Underground Anthems Vol. 2 AES 003 US 2007 Vendre cette version
ALCB-569 Revolution For Change pochette d'album Underground Resistance Revolution For Change(CD, Album, Comp) Alfa International ALCB-569 Japan 1992 Vendre cette version

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AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

18 novembre 2018
Ok so I am sure this will get a lot of people off side however this isnt meant to be a nasty review nor am I questioning the legacy of people like Ron. I have well over 100 records mastered at National Sound Corporation and whilst I love each and everyone of them I find they all have that National Sound Corporation sound which in my opinion is generally for lack of a better term scratchy almost sounding like the stylus has a build up of debris upon playback.
I have done a lot of A/Bing of the same track between a NSC master and a D&M master (here is my breakdown Måuriziö* - Ploy ) and when you sit them side by side NSC masters are generally toppy and in some cases quite harsh, now I know D&M masters are on the warm side most of the time however my view is that generally NSC masters more on the harsh sometimes brittle end of the mastering spectrum.
I am sure they is a few exceptions to this rough rule however after listening to a lot of their masters over the years I cant help but feel this way.
All that said maybe that is what helped set all these artists a part from everyone else, a unique sound that was all their own.
reverberation

reverberation

14 février 2014
edité over 5 years ago
The history, the foundation, the spiritual encounter.

Ron Murphy rest in peace was a true genius. he is responsible for so many legends becoming legends , sometimes he is left out in the background, shadowed by the tracks given to him... by his own work,. it is even tragic when you think about it, a teacher casted away from the stage because of his pupils.

but let us all grand what this person has given to dance music as it is, and see how we truly miss him. sometimes when you listen to an Underground Resistance record like "Amazon" you can really hear the incredible skills this guy had on engineering and mastering on the composition, his spirit is there as much as Mike Banks.

It is so important to remember this humble personality never the less then any Jeff Mills ,Robert Hood, Ron Trent, Chez Damier or Carl Craig that he has worked with, and he worked with quite a few's.....