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Remastering

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drone on:
Have you ever bought a remaster that had no discernible improvement over the original recording?  I've bought recently a rock album where the original could have used some significant bass and volume tweaking, and the remaster is totally useless.  This is a small independent label so I don't think they were just trying to extort more money out of the fans like the major labels are notorious for doing.   Any thoughts?

Altus:
Usually remastering means brickwalling the mix. ;)

chris23:
What is mastering? Is that different than mixing the raw tracks?

ffcal:

--- Quote from: chris23 on July 28, 2013, 08:07:22 AM ---What is mastering? Is that different than mixing the raw tracks?

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Quite different.  It generally involves quite a bit of subtle reshaping of the overall sound that is already in mixed form.  It could involve adjustments to EQ, overall balancing, mild compression and denoising, among other things.  Robert Rich, for example, does a lot of nice work with mastering.

Forrest

chris23:
So, if a bass track is already mixed too low, there isn't much that can be done about it in the mastering?

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