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"SuperDuper" was started in 1987 in the back of Cascade Recording with 10 Nakamichi MR-2B cassette decks for dubbing, out of the frustration by recording engineer Rick McMillen that the quality of the albums he was producing weren't being upheld in the duplication process. Soon the word spread & he was inundated by orders for real-time chrome cassettes.
Experienced in live sound and studio engineering, Rick had an extensive history as front of house mixer for Kenny G, Jeff Lorber, Frankie Valli, stints at Sundown Sound, Starry Night (Roseland), and Maryland Sound.
SuperDuper turned into a monster. His friend Van Browne offered him a spare room in RMS Sound, a 1980's (Soundcraft JBL & Otari.) pro audio dealer on 39th & Powell. The Nakamichi's grew to over 50 decks. He bought a robot to load cassettes in the old house's kitchen. The old building was falling apart. Soon Rick was also in charge of RMS Sound of Seattle and was Portland's only pro audio dealer. A short time went by when the old/new Spectrum Studios building became available. In about 1990, the Russ Berger designed facility, needed tenants as Spectrum Studios had gone bankrupt. SuperDuper moved in with a couple other fledgling business's like Dan Reed's production company and White Horse, a fledgling web design company. SuperDuper operated a mastering room out of one the studios.The main floor was the pro audio showroom. The basement was the duplication production area. The Nakamichis soon totaled 100 decks! And loading robots, shell printing, & shrinkwrap machines. And a staff of 10 making cassettes. In the meantime our pro audio store grew & started selling mics, compressors, digital reverbs, PA gear, speakers, mixers, & ADATs.
We moved to 19th & Lovejoy in NW. This was the former home of Paramount Studios in the 20's & 30's and later home of Teknifilm thru the 80's & 90's. It had lots of curious rooms-a small movie theater, and film vaults. Our facility continued to expand with a separate pro audio store & duplication divisions.
The name changed to SuperDigital. We had a state of the art digital cassette dubber to make Digalog certified tapes. We were running 24/7 at times. We had printers, compressed air and a host of wacky & expensive machines for manufacturing cassettes. Then all of a sudden cassettes weren't cool anymore. We sold all the gear for 10% of its quarter million dollar cost. It was time for yet another reinvention in light of rapidly shifting audio media technologies. Goodbye cassette old friend.
Meanwhile our pro audio store continued to expand.
We remodeled a cool old warehouse in the Pearl District into our pro audio store, recording & mastering studios and CDPDX Duplication Service. Its hard to believe its been over 30 years since that first Nakamichi!