RIP Ron Murphy (1948 – 2008), audio engineer of Detroit techno

Ron Murphy (March 3, 1948 – January 13, 2008) was an American audio engineer at Detroit’s NSC/Sound Enterprises. Murphy was responsible for the mastering of some of the most respected Detroit techno vinyl releases, for such labels as Underground Resistance, KMS, Metroplex, Black Nation, Direct Beat, Axis, Planet E, Basic Channel and many others.

Ron Murphy was the reason that the Detroit techno records sounded crisp and clear, in contrast to contemporary Chicago house music, whose records were mastered under the direction of Larry Sherman, and which sounded like they were recorded on sandpaper, due to his use of recycled vinyl.

New York house music’s records were mastered and pressed by Herb Powers, Jr., much to everyone’s satisfaction.

Along with Chicago house, Detroit techno was my earliest musical love all of my own, a love that was probably fueled when first seeing Farley Jackmaster Funk’s 1986 “Love Can’t Turn Around” [Youtube] on Dutch television.

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