Introduction to LFF Remasters

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  1. Colgin

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    Relating to the bolded text quoted above, is the tape drop out at the beginning of "Black Cow" on Steely Dan's Aja fixable? It is on every single mastering of the album I have ever heard and I assume it is part of final mix and unchangeable. That is the technical question. The aesthetic question I also have is whether you would fix that if you could. I mean it seems to be patently a mistake. But I have lived with that mistake now for around 40 years across multiple versions of the album. I think it would sound totally weird to me now if it were gone. But taking that logic to the extreme, I understand one would never correct or improve anything. Curious as to your thoughts as I feel at least in that particular example it should be left alone even if it were correctable.
     
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    In a few weeks Peter Gabriel and Eric Clapton will be wondering why sales of their nearly 35 and 25 year old albums respectively have spiked to levels unseen in a decade :).

    Here is a 12th question! Hell Freezes Over is one of my favorite sounding albums, how far is it from Eric Clapton - Unplugged?
     
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    Having recently introduced a pour soul to our world, I have regained an understanding for the importance of quality music production.

    Most of what I listen to on a daily basis is from the likes of Chesky, Linn Records, 2L, etc. simply because of the quality of the recordings and mastering.

    I've learned to appreciate listening to music I don't traditionally enjoy because of good albums.

    If I can buy more of it, I will.
     
  4. LFF

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    At what exact time are you hearing this dropout?

    Yes. I would indeed attempt to fix it. My ideal is to have as perfect a recording as possible and to have it sound as lifelike as possible.

    Depends which version you have. Fairly well done overall. I've remastered that one as well. The bass needs help and so do other areas. After working on it, I use it as a reference album.
     
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    @LFF have you remastered any Bowie albums? Most of his catalog suffers From m subpar digital mastering.
     
  7. LFF

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    I spent considerable time and money doing most of his catalog. Even talked to a recording engineer who was there at the sessions.
     
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    I know that this thread is new, and the discussion of albums has been a drop in the bucket. So far, I have read about CDs that I would consider well mastered and you improving them. Do you also do post 1993 releases that never had a dynamic digital release? Like from needle-drops that are more dynamic than the CD releases?

    (That is really cool about the David Bowie albums, even if I never hear them.)
     
  9. LFF

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    I've found that if you can go back far enough, all albums are dynamic.

    Most vinyl, post 1990 are actually digital recordings transferred onto vinyl. That is, the CD was made first and then that CD was used to make the vinyl. Tons of releases are done that way these days. The high-res is actually the final master but the vinyl is made from the high-res master.
     
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    Do you mean back to stems, if necessary?

    I was thinking of LPs that don't seem to be made from the CD/Hi-Res master. The Black Keys (Attack & Release and later) for example. The CDs are too heavily peak limited for me to enjoy. The LPs (and needle-drops) sound dynamic enough for me to enjoy. I don't know what is going on there, but I hear/feel a difference. And if I look at the waveforms, the needledrops look more dynamic than the CDs.
     
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    Yes. Stems are necessary at times.

    As for the vinyl waveforms, it's a limitation of the vinyl but the sound will be the same. Don't trust waveforms. They can really fool you. Vinyl is great at hiding things.
     
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    If that is the ONE CD then I want all your remasters.
     
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    Would be interested also
     
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    Preemptively expressing interest in an LFF Bowie boxed set. ;-)
     
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    That just made me weak in the knees. I would pay very good money for those, as Bowie is my all time favorite musical artist. @Marvey please consider some Bowie titles for release through your program!

    And like @Boops I would gladly pay for a box set.
     
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    I would absolutely adore having remastered Adele albums. What they've done to her music on CD is almost criminal!
     
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    You have no idea!

    Many people here have heard my word on Adele.
     
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    Is it worse than what they did to the Audioslave records? I only have her first album but I do not remind finding it to sound unlistenable. Live she sounds much better though...
     
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    I'll post some comparisons.
     
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    Here you go...

    Retail version of Adele's Hello:

    Adele-Hello-retail.JPG

    Here is my version....

    Adele-Hello-LFF.JPG

    And the difference between the two....

    Adele-Hello-Difference.jpg

    It's so bad, it's not even funny.
     
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