So you’ve recorded your music in the studio. You’ve got your demo tunes, and are spreading the CDs around like wildfire. It sounds good, but just not 100% like the ‘pro’ sound. What’s missing? Why isn’t it as ‘loud’ as the rest of your CD collection? You want it just perfect for the listener.
The answer is simple. Digital Remastering is the solution. For years now record companies have re-released ‘new’ remastered tracks of a band’s previous hits and albums in their artist catalog. Remastering gives music with good sound an extra push over the edge.
Average music loudness has increased significantly over the past 20 years. In order to make their recordings louder, engineers have relied on limiters, compressors, and maximizers. These tools maximize decibel levels, but the downside is that they limit the dynamic range, leading to everything sounding a bit the same with all the songs and albums.
So this goes to why you need an expert to do it right. This is not something you can do in your bedroom studio. You need to go to somewhere that is equipped with a fully digital studio array, so you as an artist can take the opportunity to take advantage of today’s cutting-edge digital audio processing technology. These groundbreaking computer audio applications allow extraction of tracks from a CD, digitally remaster them, and export the new tracks to CD, completely ready to distribute as a demo or album, and on the web.
How Does Digital Remastering Work? The Remastering Process.
Digital remastering is the process of a mastering engineer taking an audio recording and improving its quality by using digital technology. The goal of remastering is to make the recording sound better than the original, often by correcting problems with the sound quality or by making it more compatible with modern playback equipment.
Remastering can be done to improve the sound quality of a recording for vinyl that was made using analog technology or to make the remastered version sound better. The process usually starts with a digital transfer of the original recording, which is then cleaned up and edited using digital audio software. Once the editing is complete, the remastered recording is then created.
Digital remastering can sometimes result in a loss of fidelity, so it’s important to make sure that the person doing the remastering is experienced and knows what they’re doing. If done properly, however, digital remastering can significantly improve the sound quality of a recording in terms of frequency range and reduction in hiss and hum.
Digital Remastering presents a new approach to increasing the loudness of recordings, without creating any artifacts. The algorithms and audio processing programs are specifically optimized for lifting the effective loudness of audio material. Even on a mix that has been set to the maximum level, digital remastering can increase the subjective loudness and the ‘punchiness’ of the material with soft/hard boost.
All parameters for dynamic processing are controlled by the material itself and are constantly updated. Presets let you choose the basic way of working, and help reduce the number of parameters for ease of use and optimal results: no ‘pumping’, no ‘breathing’ – and guaranteed no clipping!
Here’s an example
The following YouTube video clip shows the original ‘before’ old recording and ‘after’ examples of what remastering can really mean for a band’s music in how it can improve the sonic quality and enrich the overall sound. It provides a sharper and more refined listening experience for every day people, but especially for audiophiles.
It is clear to anyone by the example how dramatically digital remastering can enhance most studio recordings. The best part.. how cost-effective the process can be. The average remastering price is very reasonable – worth the effort in upgrading your band’s demo or studio album without breaking the bank in the process.