[Grief] Remasters as CD + DD too

Jon Whitney turbid at turbid.com
Thu Feb 24 21:33:34 PST 2011

The mastering for CDs versus vinyl has changed significantly in the
last 25 years.

Back in the '80s through the early '90s everyone was accustomed to
mastering for vinyl: you would have to lower the bass frequencies in
the mastering because due to the way that the record players output
the sound to the tuner, amplification is involved. So when they would
master recordings, they would actually lower the bass in the mix. You
can tell when you compare '80s CDs and remastered versions from the
last decade.  Simply boosting the bass from a CD from the '80s isn't
going to make the sound better or more real, however, thus taking a CD
from the '80s and trying to remaster it for todays standards isn't
going to result in a truly accurate sound (imagine blowing up a
picture that has already been shrunk - it's just not quite right). You
would truly need to go back to the original tapes and along with
tweaking the EQ to account for the limitations of the recorded medium,
make the levels loud enough to be close to the volumes that the
majority of CDs are at these days.

I'm sure there are other people who can explain this better and maybe
some good sources on the net but these days you would probably deliver
something quieter to the LP than to the CD so you'd have to take into
consideration the amplification that's going to take place. Then it's
up to the guy who's doing the plating and mastering of the physical
product to ensure no clipping or essing happens. Then he sends you a
couple test pressings and you need to hear from start to finish, from
the outside to the inside to make sure things remain constant.

I am inclined these days to think that CD is now the best medium to
hear most styles of music, now that everybody is used to mastering a
CD first, especially when you've got material with a lot of quiet
parts and drones and such.

I'm looking forward to hearing CD remasters.

I'd also prefer the LPs to come out on CD as they were originally on
LP - those bonus tracks from the original CD issues were great and all
but they were all jostled around and didn't fit in with the flow IMHO.
Maybe follow up with a singles only collection (in chronological order
of course!) and not some cheesy "best of."

On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 8:27 PM, Grant Regnaert <tripreset at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I think you are right, but I am not sure. I was just assuming that he would
> remaster the vinyl and the CDs seperately.
>> From: hex at blueyonder.co.uk
>> To: grief at hollyfeld.org
>> Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 01:16:26 +0000
>> Subject: Re: [Grief] Remasters as CD + DD too
>> I might be way off the mark here but - aren't CD & vinyl mastered
>> differently?
>> If the remastering is for vinyl then it wouldn't be that great on CD? -
>> anyone?
>> DIL23
>> :)
>> On Friday 25 Feb 2011 00:58:36 Grant Regnaert wrote:
>> > Sweet!! Well, I'll definitely be getting the remastered CD's, then. My
>> > Mute
>> > CD's, remastered by CC, 20 years ago, still sound great, IMHO; So I'm
>> > really looking forward to hearing these ones! : )
>> >
>> > > Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:13:30 -0800
>> > > From: swindonbakery at gmail.com
>> > > To: grief at hollyfeld.org
>> > > Subject: [Grief] Remasters as CD + DD too
>> > >
>> > > According to CC tweet, apparently the new TG vinyl remasters will also
>> > > be available as CDs and downloads...
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