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Mastering Question for Greatest Hits Albums

Discussion in 'Andy Sneap' started by Liam Thompson, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. Liam Thompson

    Liam Thompson Lord of the Strings

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    Been a while since I posted here but there is something that I have been thinking about for a while now.

    How does the mastering engineer go about mastering something like a greatest hits album? Say something like Signs of Chaos by Testament.

    Does the engineer find a happy medium between all the songs from different albums? Has anyone noticed a master of a song on a comilation album like this one being substantially different to the orginal album master, say more squashed or brighter for instance?

    Cheers
     
  2. Razorjack

    Razorjack Bass Behemoth

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    I mastered a couple of compilation albums for my college record label which included tracks from a wide range of different albums and genres. Basically, what we did was take the individual mastered album tracks and just make sure that all the tracks were at a consistant level.
     
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    ^ so basically you just normalised them?
     
  4. Liam Thompson

    Liam Thompson Lord of the Strings

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    Thats what I thought must happen. Cheers again Razorjack.
     
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    Well I'd imagine with normalization, a relatively dynamic song would still seem 'quieter' than a squashed one, because the peaks would be at 0 (or -0.3, or whatever you master to), whereas with the squashed ones the entire waveform would be hitting closer to the peak.

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Jack did some limiting and pushing for the 'quieter' tracks.
     
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    Razorjack Bass Behemoth

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    I despise normalisation on mastered tracks, Moonlapse was right on the money.
     
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    vile_ator www.imperialmastering.com

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    Different people do different things. For the really good releases they have been known to get the original mixdown tapes and make a new master. But thats not often.

    They usually make the compilation and apply eq to many of the songs. Also maybe run the softer ones through a Waves L2. But they do all sorts of bad shit when they make those Relapse or Century Media comps. Those always have less than album quality audio.

    Colin
     
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    I've noticed that on a lot of movie soundtracks that feature one or two metal bands, the bass guitar is usually much louder than on the album. The best example I can think of is the tales from the crypt demon knight soundtrack, where all the songs are bass-heavy. I guess it's easier on the ears of the non-metal fan!
     

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