- Jul 21, 2020
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I've been finding some remastered songs sound considerably worse than older recordings. One problem is how they push so many frequencies louder, and they call it brickwalling. I've noticed many times the bass seems to have droped out, less volume, and the higher frequencies are boosted. On another forum someone made the following post that uses an analogy that describes this phenomenon well.
Natvecal.JUST A LOW- FI GUY WHO LOVES A GREAT MASTERING
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I do artwork. I scan it in (to computer) to Digitize it (as a file) so I can Remaster it in Photoshop ok? First thing I notice is the colors aren't as bright or vivid as my original artwork (the Analogue version let's call it) so I fix this
by enhancing the color(s) one by one as the brightened colors make un-brighten colors look dull. So I gotta do them all now.
So, enhancing away I go on my Digital version of my artwork and bingo! My colors are starting to really pop out more (EQ and or Loudness) My first thought? WOW, it's starting to look better than the original! Let's apply some more,wow this is great! it's so eye catching now . I print out a copy and it's better than the original But, over time when the novelty wears off I'm noticing some issues now ( The Sound Fatigue Stage). Too much enhancing (Compression) has wrecked my beautiful color blends ( Dynamic Range ) If the color is solid it's great but every where it blends with other colors they're more separated from each other so I lose that seamless blend when I Remastered Too much for my artwork's own good and benefit. Because I Still have the original to reference and now see to flaws in my Remastering effort.
To gain something is to lose something somewhere least expected. I Remaster my artwork with a light touch at best now and it looks better over time than worst.That's what I want ,right? Hope this makes some sense as an analogy as I see (and hear) definite parallels between this and music remastered too much or just right."