What Is Digital Remastering

Recording studio mixing desk, music producer using soundboard

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 “pros” sound. What’s missing? Why isn’t it as “loud” as the rest of your CD collection. 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.

This is not something you can do in your bedroom studio. You need to go to somewhere that is equipped with a full 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?

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 which has been set to 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 “before” and “after” examples of what remastering can do for a band’s music.

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.

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