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While waiting for his reply regarding the sound chain he use. It is crystal clear to me if you have a need to remaster and eq your whole collection then you need better equipment to listen to the music it might give that sparkle you miss in the sound.
Or instead http://www.aphex.com/products/excited
Then you do not need to thru the the process to remaster at least.
I respectfully disagree with everything you said and you will be waiting a very long time to hear about my irrelevant, but super sexy signal chains. I had an Aphex exciter and traded it for a bag of weed before you knew what it was.
I listen to music on a few different systems ranging from slightly better than average consumer stereo equipment such as a Yamaha amp and JBL speakers to a fancy hifi system I paid too much for. I listen through Sennheisser headphones occasionally. Sometimes I listen with 5.1 surround. Ambient on a decent surround system can be very enjoyable.
The music is processed and edited using Wavelab and mostly Waves plug ins. The results sound good to me on multiple systems. I try not to over do it and try to maintain a reasonably wide dynamic range.
The main reason I did this was because I prefer random shuffle play most of the time and grew tired of the wide variance from track to track.
I'm not sure exactly which chain you want to know and doubt it will make the statement you quoted sound less odd.
This is a cool piece, especially the first half is truly mesmerizing. Really love that first part.
New to the forum. First post here.
This may sound outrageous, but I've digitally re-mastered the majority of my Ambient music collection. Thousands of songs from every era. Vinyl, CD and various digital download formats.
The reason for this was to create a unified digital library that I could dump into iTunes, hit shuffle play and never have to adjust the volume or EQ. The process was very time consuming. The results please my ears. Life is good.
Ambient music has had a lot of variability in terms of volume, dynamics and eq in the past. It still does today.
I understand there are many opinions in terms of what is ideal volume. My opinion is Ambient should be mastered at a higher relative volume than what 70% of my collection delivered. However, I believe Ambient is a genre that benefits from a wide dynamic range, so I'm not saying it should be slammed.
It is possible to have a wide dynamic range and still be much louder at the same amplifier setting. For example, a song that peaks at -5db and has an average of -25db can be louder without sacrificing dynamics. Ambient songs that have the right dynamic range, but are weak on the relative volume made me reach for the dreaded volume knob. Not anymore, though.
I see no advantage to mastering something quiet in terms of volume when the same dynamic range can be achieved at a higher relative volume.
Robert Rich - Vestiges
Dark, moody, and atmospheric. My favorite RR album in the last 10 years.
Sounds pretty good.