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post #46 of 235
Guns n Roses - Chinese Democracy.

It doesn't get much better than that.
post #47 of 235
OK...counting them down....

10. Diana Krall – Quiet Nights (released March 31, 2009)

The music is good, the mastering is rather good and it’s not compressed to hell like most modern albums.

09. Rebecca Pidgeon – Retrospective (released April 22, 2003)

The sound on this SACD is just amazing. Some of the most natural recordings you might ever hear. What’s more, a lot of these tracks often show up on demo CD’s.

08. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition) (released January 20, 2009)

I tried avoiding re-issues but this one is special. This has been released countless times but this is the FIRST time it has been released with the full dynamic range intact.

07. TOOL – Lateralus (released May 15, 2001)

From the album art to the sound – this album is whole experience in the palm of your hands. It’s mastered a bit loud but that suits this album perfectly.
post #48 of 235
Its just weird that tool went from the almost perfection that is lateralus, to the absolute mess that is 10,000 days, that album sounds like butt
post #49 of 235
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Its just weird that tool went from the almost perfection that is lateralus, to the absolute mess that is 10,000 days, that album sounds like butt
Totally agree. Of course Ænima is mastered really well, too, but that wasn't this decade.
post #50 of 235
The MFSL version of Sea Change by Beck is a pretty nice sounding album.
post #51 of 235
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Originally Posted by Iniamyen View Post
Totally agree. Of course Ænima is mastered really well, too, but that wasn't this decade.
oh yeah, Ænima sounds pretty darn good as well. Though pbthal put up a needle drop of it, and i cant decide if i like it better than the cd.
post #52 of 235
Been playing the great Nina Nastasia debut Dogs a lot this week, so ....

The debut was just on the tiny Socialist Records label and went out of print almost as soon as it was released, back in 2000. So became kind of a mystery after she became more well known with the release of the excellent The Blackened Air. But Touch and Go reissued it a few years ago, and I grabbed a used copy, and it is a bit less eclectic, and not as folky as the second, nor as quietly introspective as the third, but still very loveable, maybe even my favorite now. In some ways I think it's her best. A bit more jazzy at times. The acoustics are really nice in all of them, and lots of room for the natural dynamics. She's a big favorite of Steve Albini, so he does a great job recording, especially the cello and acoustic basses. Love the musical saw too. Nice touch. And Albini works with Steve Rooke to master them at Abbey Road, just like the very nice Electrelane records he does that I also love. Give a listen to one of my favorites, "Judy's in the Sandbox" for a taste, sample waveform below (and you don't see dynamics like this very often anymore).

Here's what Albini said about it ...

The album would also mark the beginning of a lasting peer-relationship with noted recording engineer Steve Albini, who said of the record in an interview for Mojo magazine: "There are cruel ironies in making albums for a living. In the process of making a record, you hear it so many times that the charms of even the best of them can wear off through over-exposure. On rare occasions, records I've worked on have withstood this scrutiny and ended up being personal favourites. Of these, a good handful are beautiful and sublime, and I listen to them for pleasure. Nina Nastasia's 'Dogs' is a record so simultaneously unassuming and grandiose that I can't really describe it, except in terms that would make it (and me) sound silly. Of the couple thousand records I've been involved with, this is one of my favourites, and one that I'm proud to be associated with."


post #53 of 235
any updates LFF? i love hearing the opinions of experts like yourself
post #54 of 235
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any updates LFF? i love hearing the opinions of experts like yourself
LOL! Thanks but I wouldn't call myself an expert by any means. I have so much more to learn.

As for the rest...I'm slowly putting together a list. Picking good sounding albums that were actually released after 2000 is rather hard, especially with the criteria I outlined above.
post #55 of 235
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Wait what? It was all muffled, no clarity or definition in the drum kit, theres hardly any seperation overall, and the acoustic sections sound like they were recorded in a well, and to top it off the string noise is just frustrating. Not to mention the compression. Heres the waveform of Heir Apparent:



If you stretch it out you can see that its not as bad as some of the other disasters of the decade like Muse and Slayer, but its not one of the best for sure.

My pick would be Lateralus by Tool
In the case of Opeth's Watershed, this is what needs to be done: downmix the DTS 5.1ch DVD (special edition only) to 2ch . This is what I found (320kbps mp3, picture below isn't the whole song):

Looks better, right? (sounds definitely better)
post #56 of 235
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Originally Posted by LFF View Post
LOL! Thanks but I wouldn't call myself an expert by any means. I have so much more to learn.

As for the rest...I'm slowly putting together a list. Picking good sounding albums that were actually released after 2000 is rather hard, especially with the criteria I outlined above.
If you've ever had a chance to listen to it, I'd be interested your thoughts regarding the sound of the last Celtic Frost album "Monotheist" of 2004. I am impressed by its rather engaging and seemingly dynamic sound although I have no real technical knowledge of these things.

Anyone else's opinion is worthwhile of course. I'd just like to know if there really is something special about it or if it's just me.
post #57 of 235
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Its just weird that tool went from the almost perfection that is lateralus, to the absolute mess that is 10,000 days, that album sounds like butt
Tool should have stuck with Dave Bottril to produce 10,000 Days. He did an awesome job with Lateralus and AEnima. I can't help but think 10,000 Days would have sounded better if they stayed with the same producer.

Oh, and this is my "surprise" best sounding album
post #58 of 235
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Originally Posted by rehabitat View Post
If you've ever had a chance to listen to it, I'd be interested your thoughts regarding the sound of the last Celtic Frost album "Monotheist" of 2004. I am impressed by its rather engaging and seemingly dynamic sound although I have no real technical knowledge of these things.

Anyone else's opinion is worthwhile of course. I'd just like to know if there really is something special about it or if it's just me.
It's a shame because I have never heard that album.

If you want to see if it has dynamics, just rip it to wav format and use a program like Audacity to check the waveform. It should have peaks and valleys. If it looks like a solid block, then it's way too compressed.
post #59 of 235
This is kind of random, but am I the only one that is still upset that Mastodon's Crack the Skye sounds so awful? That is an album that screams for dynamics - instead, it's squashed to smithereens.
They've released 56 different editions of the album. They should release a nice 5.1 DVD mix (ala Opeth).
post #60 of 235
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This is kind of random, but am I the only one that is still upset that Mastodon's Crack the Skye sounds so awful? That is an album that screams for dynamics - instead, it's squashed to smithereens.
They've released 56 different editions of the album. They should release a nice 5.1 DVD mix (ala Opeth).
Ugh! If you only knew what I knew! You would think someone or at least one of these "pro's" could get it right but they seldom do.

I'm currently working on an album for myself that has been re-done and re-released at least 5 times (at least that's how many I own). Every single one has problems. The most modern release fixes some of these but there are some real bad dropouts that will quickly give you a headache.

How is it that I can hear them and FIX them and nobody else has?

There is another famous jazz album that has also seen at least half a dozen releases and each one of them has tone bursts within them. Sometimes up to 4 at a time. I purchased an audiophile version for $100 and it still had the tones!!! Once again...how is it that I can hear them and FIX them and nobody else has?

I think it comes down to the love of music and wanting to make a difference by taking a stand against a client's and a producer's misconceptions. I have lost tons of clients for refusing to "give it more punch" or "make it louder". Ces't la vie. In the end though, I feel confident releasing something I know sounds as good as it possibly can, even if it's a kid's recital tape.
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