The birth of Linn Records
We bought a record-cutting lathe in 1982 because the vinyl pressings we were using to test our LP12 turntable weren't up to the job. We needed a more reliable music source so we started pressing our own LPs.
Within two years we had recorded and released The Blue Nile's classic debut 'A Walk Across the Rooftops' and Linn Records was born. We found our passion for music extended to discovering and working with talented artists. Soon we had a catalogue of recordings being sold to customers around the globe.
The digital revolution
As the march towards convenience of the Compact Disc became relentless, we became more and more frustrated by its limitations.
CDs may be small and shiny, but the convenience comes at the expense of audio quality. You can only store so much data on a disc - much less than in the groove of a vinyl record. Some of the music gets left out, making it less enjoyable to listen to.
We started to explore new formats that would capture the whole performance, not limit us in any way. Initially we worked with Super Audio Compact Discs (SACD). And today, our albums are also released as Studio Master downloads.
With a Studio Master, you get to hear more of the music. It's the closest we can get to capturing the artist's original performance. In fact, it's recorded with such accuracy that you'd think the artist was performing in your room. Customers tell us that the quality of sound on our recordings has encouraged them to expand their listening habits. They find themselves exploring new music and enjoying classical as well as rock, pop, electronic and jazz.
Today, our Studio Masters set the music standard for digital recordings.