ABOUT US

"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 innundated by orders for real-time chrome cassettes from all over. He was having to dub more cassettes than he could do himself. He wanted to mix, not dub.
He still had studio clients and bands that wanted him to mix their live shows. Rick has an extensive history as front of house mixer for Kenny G, Jeff Lorber, Frankie Valli. As well as 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.
DAT was big then. And analog tape at 15 ips with dbx.
The Nakamichi's grew to over 50 decks. Rick bought a robot machine to load cassettes in the old house's kitchen area. The old building was falling apart,but it was cool. Soon Rick was also in charge of RMS Sound of Seattle and was Portland's only pro audio dealer.
1989

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.
Rick moved in with a couple other fledgling business's like Dan Reed's production company.
And White Horse, a jingle company that ran the studios but, soon found website design to be their calling.
SuperDuper ran a mastering room out of one the studios.
Our main floor was the pro audio showroom.
The basement was the duplication production area & soon became filled with more & more cassette machinery.
The Nakamichis soon totalled 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.
The building got sold & we moved to 19 th & Lovejoy in NW19th.

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 lots of film vaults. It seems film in the early days was quite flammable. Lot of films were then distributed to movies theaters in small towns like Yakima. Some of the machinery thats still there was just too much work to remove. Like the machine for developing film looked like an indoor carwash machine. Lots of hoses and drums of weird chemicals.
19th
Our facility continued to expand with a separate pro audio store & duplication entry.
The name changed to SuperDigital.

 

 

 


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There were loading machines for cassettes & a state of the
We had a state of the art art digital bin cassette dubber to make the highest quality 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.aa

We sold all the gear for 10% of its quarter million dollar cost.


It was time for yet another reinvention in light of the rapidly shifting audio media technologies. Goodbye cassette old friend.

 

 

wallogearMeanwhile our pro audio store continued to expand.

The building got sold so we moved yet again.

We remodeled a cool old warehouse near the Pearl District into our
pro audio store,
recording studios,
mastering studio
and CDPDX Duplication Service.

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Its hard to believe its been over 22 years since that first Nakamichi !

Gallery of 20 Years of Employees

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