National Sound Corporation

National Sound Corporation

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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
Sublabels
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
- Ills In Society  album cover Poetic Justice (5) Ills In Society(12", W/Lbl) Not On Label - US Unknown Sell This Version
001 Zoids Vol. 1 / Ascendance  album cover John Selway / BPMF John Selway / BPMF - Zoids Vol. 1 / Ascendance(12", W/Lbl) Serotonin 001 US 1995 Sell This Version
001 Deep Rooted E.P.  album cover 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 Sell This Version
001 CD LE Vantage Isle [Extended Edition]  album cover DeepChord Vantage Isle [Extended Edition](CDr, Ltd, Promo) echospace [detroit] 001 CD LE US 2007 Sell This Version
001 mg On The Down Low / Mist  album cover Freaky Flow And P.J.* Freaky Flow And P.J.* - On The Down Low / Mist(12", Single) Placebo Recordings 001 mg Canada 1997 Sell This Version
#2 Ambassador 9 Ninety / The Makeshift Conquest  album cover Ambassador 9 Ninety / The Makeshift Conquest Ambassador 9 Ninety / The Makeshift Conquest - Ambassador 9 Ninety / The Makeshift Conquest #2 US 1997 Sell This Version
2INZ 00140 Stars  album cover Naomi Daniel Stars 2INZ 00140 US 1993 Sell This Version
003 Unknown Artist Untitled(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Mix Records 003 US Unknown Sell This Version
3CH-1 Three Chairs  album cover 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 Sell This Version
3INZ00161 Feel The Fire  album cover Naomi Daniel Feel The Fire(12", W/Lbl) I Ner Zon Sounds 3INZ00161 US 1993 Sell This Version
3 inz 312160 Feel The Fire  album cover Naomi Daniel Feel The Fire(2x12") I Ner Zon Sounds 3 inz 312160 US 1993 Sell This Version
003 mg What It Takes - The Official Remixes  album cover Choclair What It Takes - The Official Remixes(12") Placebo Recordings 003 mg Canada 1997 Sell This Version
4BC Can You Feel The Love?  album cover Derrick Carter & Chris Nazuka Can You Feel The Love? 4BC US 1995 Sell This Version
4W-100 Octivation - The EP  album cover Octave One Octivation - The EP (EP) 4W-100 US 1990 Sell This Version
4W-100B Octivation - The EP  album cover Octave One Octivation - The EP (EP) 4W-100B US 1991 Sell This Version
4W-110 What Is A Dancer?  album cover Metro D What Is A Dancer?(12") 430 West 4W-110 US 1991 Sell This Version
4W-120 Falling In Dub  album cover Random Noise Generation Falling In Dub 4W-120 US 1991 Sell This Version
4W-125 Inequality  album cover Eddie Flashin Fowlkes* Inequality 4W-125 US 1991 Sell This Version
4W-130 Random Beats & Tracks Vol. I  album cover Random Noise Generation Random Beats & Tracks Vol. I 4W-130 US 1993 Sell This Version
4W-140 Survival Instinct  album cover Vice Survival Instinct(12") 430 West 4W-140 US 1991 Sell This Version
4W-145 TP1  album cover Terrence Parker TP1 4W-145 US 1992 Sell This Version
4W-150 Falling In Dub (The Remixes)  album cover Random Noise Generation Falling In Dub (The Remixes) 4W-150 US 1992 Sell This Version
4W-155 Call My Name (The Remixes)  album cover Terrence Parker And The D.J.B. Terrence Parker And The D.J.B. - Call My Name (The Remixes) 4W-155 US 1992 Sell This Version
4W-160 In The City  album cover Metro D In The City 4W-160 US 1992 Sell This Version
4W-165 Day By Day  album cover Never On Sunday Day By Day 4W-165 US 1992 Sell This Version
4W-175 Good Stuff  album cover Sight Beyond Sight Good Stuff 4W-175 US 1992 Sell This Version
4W - 180 Living My Life Underground  album cover Mind Readers Featuring Malik Hart Mind Readers Featuring Malik Hart - Living My Life Underground 4W - 180 US 1993 Sell This Version
4W - 185 Sunrise  album cover Family Of Few Sunrise 4W - 185 US 1993 Sell This Version
4W-270 Detroit Techno City II  album cover Various Detroit Techno City II 4W-270 US 1996 Sell This Version
4w-315 Groove Within The Groove  album cover Gerald Mitchell Groove Within The Groove(12") 430 West 4w-315 US 1999 Sell This Version
4W-320 Genetic  Remixes  album cover Wild Planet Genetic Remixes 4W-320 US 1999 Sell This Version
4w-335 Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Two - Dissident  album cover Octave One Presents Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Octave One Presents Kaotic Spacial Rhythms - Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Two - Dissident 4w-335 US 1999 Sell This Version
4w-340 Black Water  album cover Octave One Black Water(12") 430 West 4w-340 US 2000 Sell This Version
4w-345 Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Three - Barrage  album cover Octave One Presents Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Octave One Presents Kaotic Spacial Rhythms - Kaotic Spacial Rhythms Three - Barrage 4w-345 US 2000 Sell This Version
5BC Vision  album cover C++ Vision 5BC US 1995 Sell This Version
6BC Experimental  album cover Oniero* Experimental 6BC US 1995 Sell This Version
+8 PRO-1 No Restrictions / Release The Energy / F.U. / Assassin  album cover 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 Sell This Version
12BOMB001 Soul Searching  album cover Sun Children Soul Searching(12") Bomb Records 12BOMB001 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
12BOMB002 War Cries / Ehéctal  album cover Chito (El Mescalero) War Cries / Ehéctal(12") Bomb Records 12BOMB002 US 1994 Sell This Version
12BOMB003 Excursions E.P.  album cover The Magi Excursions E.P.(12", EP) Bomb Records 12BOMB003 US 1994 Sell This Version
12BOMB011 Germs  album cover Kenneth Graham Germs(12") Bomb Records 12BOMB011 US 1997 Sell This Version
12DEF001 Seriously  album cover Jetstream Seriously(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF001 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
12DEF003 Never  album cover Robot Man* Never 12DEF003 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
12DEF004 Do Da Doo (Remixes)  album cover Robot Man* Do Da Doo (Remixes)(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF004 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
12DEF005 Worship (Que Divina!)  album cover Las Americas Worship (Que Divina!)(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF005 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
12DEF006 House For All  album cover Blunted Dummies House For All 12DEF006 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
12DEF008 Feel All Right  album cover Chuck Phulasol* Feel All Right(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF008 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
12DEF010 Work it  album cover The Chris Simmonds Project* Work it(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF010 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
12DEF013 Do Da Doo (Plastikman's 'Acid House' Remix)  album cover Robot Man* Do Da Doo (Plastikman's 'Acid House' Remix)(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF013 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
12DEF015 Whispers  album cover Wax Fruit Whispers(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF015 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
12DEF016 72 Nova  album cover Omegaman 72 Nova(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF016 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
12DEF018 Glue  album cover Barada Glue(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF018 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
12DEF019 Roller Skate Disco  album cover Ian Pooley Roller Skate Disco 12DEF019 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
12DEF031 Barbie's Theme  album cover Barada vs. Omegaman Barada vs. Omegaman - Barbie's Theme(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF031 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
12DEF033 Fruit Loops  album cover Nick Holder Fruit Loops(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF033 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
12DEF034 Acid House For All  album cover Various Acid House For All(3x12", Comp, Ltd) Definitive Recordings, Definitive Recordings, Definitive Recordings 12DEF034 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
12DEF036 Acid House For All.3  album cover Various Acid House For All.3(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF036 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
12DEF037 Higher  album cover Math-U-Matix* Higher(12", Pin) Definitive Recordings 12DEF037 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
12DEF038 Volume 1  album cover AR* Volume 1(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF038 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
12DEF039 Get On It  album cover Whateverman Get On It(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF039 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
12DEF040 Fruit Loops 2  album cover Nick Holder Fruit Loops 2(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF040 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
12DEF041 Trax 4 Daze Vol. 2  album cover Trax 4 Daze Trax 4 Daze Vol. 2(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF041 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
12DEF043 Supersonic  album cover Liquid Groovy Supersonic(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF043 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
12DEF047 Turn Me On  album cover Future Legends Turn Me On(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF047 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
12DEF050 The Diskoshuffle EP / The Funkmaster EP  album cover 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 Sell This Version
12DEF052 House For All Vol. 2  album cover Various House For All Vol. 2(2x12", Comp) Definitive Recordings 12DEF052 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
12DEF054 Reachin  album cover Omegaman Reachin(12") Definitive Recordings 12DEF054 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
12PCON7 Time Tunnel  album cover Legion Of Green Men Time Tunnel(12", Ltd, Num) Post Contemporary 12PCON7 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
12PCON9 Midnight Genius EP  album cover L.O.G.M.* Midnight Genius EP(12", EP, Ltd, Num) Post Contemporary 12PCON9 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
020 Carnivalesque  album cover Modal Carnivalesque(2x12") Sounds., Sounds 020 US 1997 Sell This Version
313-1 Vantage Isle Sessions  album cover DeepChord Vantage Isle Sessions(CD, Comp) echospace [detroit] 313-1 US 2008 Sell This Version
313-2 Starlight  album cover Model 500 Starlight(CD) echospace [detroit] 313-2 2008 Sell This Version
313-5 Echospace [Detroit] Presents: "Altering Illusions" [Chapter One]  album cover cv313 Echospace [Detroit] Presents: "Altering Illusions" [Chapter One](2xCD) echospace [detroit] 313-5 US 2014 Sell This Version
611 FUNK 02 More Funky Shit  album cover Nigel Richards More Funky Shit(12") Sixeleven Records (611) 611 FUNK 02 US 1995 Sell This Version
611 LTD 02 Philadelphia Acid Experiments Two  album cover Nigel Richards Philadelphia Acid Experiments Two(10", Ltd, Promo) Sixeleven Records (611) 611 LTD 02 US 1995 Sell This Version
6-002 Kobu Edits  album cover Amplified Orchestra Kobu Edits(12", Promo) 6 Records 6-002 US 2007 Sell This Version
9502 Bodyjazz Bodyfusion  album cover Aquarhythms Bodyjazz Bodyfusion(2x12", Ltd) Aquarhythms 9502 US 1995 Sell This Version
96:01 01:96  album cover Concept 1 01:96(12", Ltd) Concept 1 96:01 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
0-40640 I Believe  album cover The Reese Project I Believe(12") Giant Records, Warner Bros. Records 0-40640 US 1992 Sell This Version
212-014-1 Untitled  album cover Steve Stoll Untitled(12") 212 Productions 212-014-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
9 24460-4 Faith, Hope & Clarity  album cover The Reese Project Faith, Hope & Clarity(Cass, Album, Dol) Giant Records, Giant Records 9 24460-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
11054789 Thedappertie  album cover John Anaya Thedappertie(LP) National Sound Corporation 11054789 US Unknown Sell This Version
A² 001 Emotional Content  album cover Keith Worthy Emotional Content(12") Aesthetic Audio A² 001 US 2007 Sell This Version
A² 002 Shelovesmenot  album cover Keith Worthy Shelovesmenot(12", W/Lbl) Aesthetic Audio A² 002 US 2007 Sell This Version
A10-002 Burning  album cover M.K.* Burning A10-002 US 1991 Sell This Version
A10-003 Just A Dream  album cover 4th Measure Men Just A Dream A10-003 US 1992 Sell This Version
ACC001 The Silicon Ghetto EP Vol. 1  album cover Various The Silicon Ghetto EP Vol. 1(12", EP) Accelerate ACC001 US 1992 Sell This Version
ACC002 The Silicon Ghetto EP Vol. 2  album cover Various The Silicon Ghetto EP Vol. 2(12", EP) Accelerate ACC002 US 1993 Sell This Version
ACC100 Ghetto Trax  album cover DB-X* Ghetto Trax ACC100 US 1993 Sell This Version
ACC101 Bleep  album cover DB-X* Bleep ACC101 US 1993 Sell This Version
ACC-102 Losing Control  album cover DBX Losing Control(12", W/Lbl) Accelerate ACC-102 US 1994 Sell This Version
AD0001 Outer Rim  album cover Alpha Delta Division Outer Rim(12", S/Sided) Alpha Delta Division AD0001 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
Adrenacrome 3 Touched By Sound  album cover M. Acardipane* Touched By Sound(12") Adrenacrome Adrenacrome 3 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
AE 004 Masterbeat  album cover Tempest (4) Masterbeat(12", M/Print) All Ears AE 004 US Unknown Sell This Version
aerial 001 Cycle EP  album cover Aquila Cycle EP(12", EP) Aerial Recordings aerial 001 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
AES 003 Underground Anthems Vol. 2  album cover Various Underground Anthems Vol. 2 AES 003 US 2007 Sell This Version
ALCB-569 Revolution For Change  album cover Underground Resistance Revolution For Change(CD, Album, Comp) Alfa International ALCB-569 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
ALF-001-EP Expectations  album cover Techno Soul Expectations ALF-001-EP US 1992 Sell This Version
ALF-002-EP Rock The Nations  album cover Techno Soul Rock The Nations(12") A.L.F. Records ALF-002-EP US 1992 Sell This Version
Analog 3 Modulation & Filtering Techniques - Modular Moog Edition 1967  album cover DJ Hud Modulation & Filtering Techniques - Modular Moog Edition 1967(12", W/Lbl) Analog Records USA Analog 3 US 1993 Sell This Version

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reverberation

reverberation

February 14, 2014
edited over 4 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.....