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^ My bag still nice albumsmile.gif

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The first one that comes to mind is the (terribly long overdue) Chinese Democracy album by GNR. I was expecting a disasterous brickwall, but Bob Ludwig did a fantastic job with it (IMO). Both the cd and the vinyl sound really, really good sound quality/production/mix wise. The downside is of course it may be a little 'too' polished, as it's a bit multilayered ala Queen and so sometimes sounds are just jumping out of every conceivable direction.



i have heard people mention brickwall when it comes to mastering but have no idea what they are referring to - can someone enlighten me - 

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Squished dynamic range where the waveform is so compressed that it hits the top and bottom of the graph.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war

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Great video on the Loudness war.

 

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Interesting thread.

 

It's a shame that most recently released albums are so compressed on CD. If I am lucky I can find the vinyl, but that's not always the case.

These albums (vinyl) I listened a lot:

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

The National - High Violet

both CDs are compressed.

 

I also liked the album from Florence and the Machine - Lungs, but never found the vinyl and the CD is too compressed to listen to a lot.

 

Is the 50th Anniversary edition from the album Miles Davis - Kind of Blue the same as the legacy?


Edited by s0lar - 5/24/12 at 3:59am
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I'm wondering how everyone on this thread (with the possible exception of LFF) can judge the mastering of an album without having heard the original, pre-mastered mixes. 

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I'm wondering how everyone on this thread (with the possible exception of LFF) can judge the mastering of an album without having heard the original, pre-mastered mixes. 

Agree.

What I can do is just visually control the dynamic range, but that only says something about that part of the mastering.

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Good heads up.  Cheers!

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Steely Dan - 2 against nature...

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Donald Fagen - Kamakiriad.

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So this might be the thread to help me out

 

One of my favourite albums - Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights.  The crackle/interference I can hear on the guitars - is that clipping?

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So this might be the thread to help me out

 

One of my favourite albums - Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights.  The crackle/interference I can hear on the guitars - is that clipping?

 

Yes the whole album is clipping there are certain parts that dont go into the red like the first 11 secs of Obstacle 1 the drums are causing the clipping making the the whole mix very harsh to listen to.

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I just have to throw in Tom Waits Bad as Me.

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Yes the whole album is clipping there are certain parts that dont go into the red like the first 11 secs of Obstacle 1 the drums are causing the clipping making the the whole mix very harsh to listen to.

Thanks, I thought so. And there I was, with my new high quality gear, eagerly waiting to hear how that album would sound... and it sounded bad! The curse of headfi and bad mastering strikes!

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