Mastering Remasters

Angry Metal-Fi is a series of articles that are cross posted on Angry Metal Guy and Metal-Fi as a collaborative effort to evangelize dynamics in metal. I purchased my first remastered CD back in 1999. It was Metallica’s Master Of Puppets, released by the now defunct reissue label Dunhill Compact Classics, with remastering by Steve Hoffman. Hoffman’s engineering chops are the stuff of legends, and DCC was a label known for its “audiophile grade” reissues, so you would expect great things from such a release. Back then I didn’t know any of that. All I knew was that my ‘86 Elektra Records original CD had been played so often (and repeatedly...

Dynamic Range Day 2015 Mar24

Dynamic Range Day 2015

This Friday is Dynamic Range Day (DRD), a seminal holiday where fans, engineers, and artists all take a moment to reflect and celebrate the glory that is dynamics in music. Each year all around mastering engineer and superhero Ian Shepherd of Production Advice hosts a get together over Google Hangout and YouTube where he presents his incredibly insightful state-of-the-dynamics speech. He then proceeds to hand out a few fantastic prizes, fields some questions from the audience, and finally ends with presenting the award for the best sounding record of the year. Now last year was a bit of disappointment for me since Ian didn’t post the...

Bandcamp’s Microeconomics Still Suck Mar16

Bandcamp’s Microeconomics Still Suck

Earlier this week, Bandcamp announced that fans have shelled out more than $100 million dollars to artists since the site’s inception in 2007. Fans now give artists $3.5 million dollars each month, which roughly translates to buying more than 16k albums a day (or about an album every 5 seconds). Bandcamp sales are up 30% too over the last year, while industry wide sales are down about 11%. Bandcamp also announced that they plan to broaden their platform by offering artist subscription services which will let an artist offer a portion of their back catalog as an incentive to sign up for fans to sign up in exchange for letting them...

Resonessence Labs Herus+ Mar12

Resonessence Labs Herus+

Introduction The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube.   That’s Martin Mallinson up there, the VP and Chief Scientist of ESS Technology, the company behind the SABRE series of DACs, giving a lecture at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest about digital volume control and jitter. If you are on the fence of hitting the play button, don’t be. It’s really riveting stuff, and Martin does a fantastic job of explaining some very complex engineering problems into simple terms that anyone can understand. What’s funny is that before I watched this lecture...

Vinyl Doesn’t Measure Up Mar09

Vinyl Doesn’t Measure Up

We’ve known pretty much since we started measuring vinyl using the TT dynamic range meter that there’s something odd about the way that it calculates dynamic scores for vinyl rips, but we’ve continued to report those scores anyway, for reasons I first outlined in my rant on the subject that I wrote back in 2013. That rant was a response to a video from our friend Ian Shephard on measuring vinyl. His contention is that the TT meter simply doesn’t work with vinyl and it shouldn’t be used. My response then was that it’s not quite that simple, and that’s still what I believe now. Lately though, Alex and I have started to feel a bit...

Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu Mar02

Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu

Misþyrming (Misthyrming) was originally suppose to be a studio only project of guitarist D.G., a well known musician of the Icelandic extreme underground, which is nice way to say that he has played for a number of projects that you never heard of and probably never will. But eventually the project morphed into a tag-team when he enlisted fellow countryman and drummer H.R.M. to the cause, who like D.G. played for a number of Icelandic black metal bands of relative obscurity. Then, sometime last year, they both entered the studio together to record the project’s recently released full length debut, Söngvar elds og óreiðu (translated...