to samples of the Original CD tracks:
||Links to samples of the remix and remastered versions:|
|Below are the links to the
samples of the original, unaltered tracks from the original Miskatonic
using Wavelab. The
levels are as they were relative to a redbook CD's 0DBFS.
Make sure you play each of these samples long enough to really get an idea of the difference
NOTE - As you do the compare, you may want to turn down your computer speaker volume lower than normal during play of the original CD.
|Below are the links to the
remixed and remastered sample tracks. None of the
instruments were replaced with samplers.
This is what was hiding in the session tracks, a lot of it masked until now.
AGAIN - you may want to make sure you have the speaker volume where you normally listen to modern MP3's
|What we got from the
Shown on the left is a screenshot of a few of the tracks.
As shown, esp. the green vox2 track, it was apparent that the ADAT contents were not the most friendly to remix.
Recall these are dumped digitally, we verified the tracks thru my test gear on the analog output of the ADATs - those in vox2, were indeed clipped as shown.
Notice the orange bass tracks above it, to the right of the Now cursor. Significant asymmetry, and DC offset issues made this even more difficult.
Even still, with a bit of processing I was able to obtain a product significantly better than the original CD audio.
And yes, those of you that know, that's a V-Vocal clip. But I must mention those were few and far between. In fact, I think less than a dozen small snippets on the entire CD were corrected like this - a lot less than other mixes I've done in the past. Much less. In fact the majority of the songs had no alteration of Tony's vocals at all.
content of a modern national release - Rob Halford
To the left is the screen grab from the secondary machine I use which runs spectral 3D waterfall plots and a running spectragram.
This is an example of one of the more recent metal albums, shown as a reference - this is Rob Halford's Resurrection - The One You Love to Hate - about in the middle of the chorus where it's crankin'.
The Halford CD was mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound:
Note the even distribution of spectra on both the 3D plot and the spectragram.
|The original Curse
Shown to the left here is the original Curse title track, captured during and immediately after the lyric "...dwell in the shadow of the tower..." where it crunches - the exact part in the above sample MP3 file:
Note the uneven dispersion of the spectra, and the lack of any activity above 8K.
|The remixed Curse
Now shown on the left is the exact same part, but remixed and remastered:
Note the improvement of the spectral content as it more closely matches the Halford sample.
Also note the additional effect to have the "toweeeerrrrr" hang over the altered guitar chords.
I couldn't help myself... trying for the aural equivalent of of a video pull back as Tony stands next to a large castle/tower...