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Remastering

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ffcal:
You might be able to reduce the bass track's effect in mastering by rolling off frequencies around 100 Hz or so, but you'd also affect other sounds in the mix that have frequencies down in that range.

Forrest

Julio Di Benedetto:
Say you create this beautiful wood sculpture and your happy with it but its not quite finished......now its ready to be sanded, stained, lacquered and polished so that all the deep grain, subtle tones and inner glow that wood can have are expressed and the piece of art is experienced at its fullest potential....this is what a mastering engineer does except to music. It is very complexed and subtle, requires great ears,an acoustically treated room with often audiophile speakers, amps and cabling as well as specific types of equalizers and compressors and pristine converters to enable the mastering engineer to "look" inside the music.

Remastering can refer to where the music was produced for vinyl and needs to be prepared for a digital medium and unfortunately can lead to a modern approach of excessive distortion commonly found in current rock & pop music.  It can also refer to more of a revisiting of the music.  Perhaps Steve Roach's "Structures form Silence " is an example.....the original release and the Projekt remastered release where the music was readdressed for a reason.

chris23:
Great explanations, Julio and Forrest. I appreciate it.

Returning to drone on's comment: I almost bought a remastered version of the original Stone Roses release on iTunes (my 7-year-old daughter is totally into it right now), but it didn't sound any better than my original vinyl copy. In fact, it almost sounded as if it were playing through a tin can.

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