Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Can you hear mastering in MP3s? I can. Now Ridicule Me, Bigshot

  1. #1
    Senior Member millionrainbows's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    11,638
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    136

    Default Can you hear mastering in MP3s? I can. Now Ridicule Me, Bigshot

    I can. When I put a newly mastered CD into i-tunes, I can still hear the difference in the quality from the older CD I had imported. Like old Jeff Beck titles vs. newer remasters, old Zeppelin, old Beatles...all of it.
    "The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?"
    -Confucious

    "In Spring! In the creation of art it must be as it is in Spring!" -Arnold Schoenberg

    "We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made us." -Jean-Paul Sartre

    "I don't mind dying, just as long as I can still breathe." -Me

  2. #2
    Senior Member bigshot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Hollywood U.S.A.
    Posts
    5,636
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Mastering is perfectly audible. Recordings are mastered for different purposes. LPs were mastered to overcome the limitations of the vinyl format. Early CDs were mastered for people with expensive stereo systems. More recently CDs were mastered for being ripped and played on shuffle play in a DAP with earbuds. It's the same album, with the same recording, but the mastering may be quite different depending on the expected audience and playback equipment. If you're going to listen on a good speaker system you will get the best results choosing a mastering designed for that. If you are going to listen on the go with a phone and earbuds, a different mastering will sound better.

    The best way to choose one mastering over another is to ask someone who has heard various different releases. Some original releases sound best... some remasters sound better. You have to judge on a case by case basis. There isn't any easy way to know what the best mastering is, because mastering is a series of aesthetic decisions made to suit a particular purpose. You may have different needs than someone else. Some mastering engineers are better than others too.

    One thing that people don't understand is that when an album says "remastered" on the cover, it might even be a completely different mix, using different balances, EQ, reverb and even different takes. You need to do a little research to know what you're buying.
    Last edited by bigshot; May-18-2019 at 00:53.
    CD Sound Is All You Need: http://xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html
    AES Audio Myths Seminar: http://youtu.be/BYTlN6wjcvQ
    AES Damn Lies Seminar: http://youtu.be/Zvireu2SGZM

  3. Likes eljr liked this post
  4. #3
    Senior Member apricissimus's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Malden, MA, USA
    Posts
    551
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Are there people who think that encoding a file into a lossy format would remove differences in mastering? That doesn't make any sense. It would be pretty strange if encoding into MP3 would somehow undo remastering. Unless I'm really misunderstanding the premise here.

  5. #4
    Senior Member bigshot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Hollywood U.S.A.
    Posts
    5,636
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    I think he thinks I believe that everything in the world sounds the same. But the only things that sound the same are formats that are audibly transparent, not clearly different aesthetic choices in mastering.
    CD Sound Is All You Need: http://xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html
    AES Audio Myths Seminar: http://youtu.be/BYTlN6wjcvQ
    AES Damn Lies Seminar: http://youtu.be/Zvireu2SGZM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •