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StormingTrooper
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:18 pm 
 

I have been dabbling a bit with equalizers, but what programs should I use in order to make the music better sounding?
There has been on YouTube for example of a Remaster of Belphegor's "Necrodaemon Terrorsathan" album and it sounded better than the older upload. It wasn't re-recorded.
I am not talking about processing the music before it is mixed and mastered, but using a song that has already been studio-released to improve upon it.

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elkulon
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Joined: Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:31 pm
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Location: Argentina
PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:39 am 
 

Remastering is a matter of EQs, compression, limiting, maybe stereo image enhancement (if it's wished), and maybe some process through tape (analog or just simulation).
Besides (although I have not listened what you are mentioning above), standards from the past are different from standards of today; it means that dynamic range, and so on, the "air gap" between the highest signal peak and the 0 limit, are different now than yesterdays; that's why in the past, the albums used to sound a littler lighter in volume (it means to be more "tape-fidelity" in sound), as today it all sounds louder, pristine, clearer, and with less dynamic in the final result (everything is crushed the f&%k up); this is the main reason about so many people wishing old sound vinyls, tapes, and let the digital era technologies aside.

All that said, there are (for us, simple mortals) plugins that recreate old analog mastering consoles, that allow you to reshape the sound of an old mix.
Waves, IK Multimedia, Slate Digital, are a few options for you if you want to dig it deeper (Slate my one and favourite choice all the way)

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jackies_eclaire
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Joined: Wed Aug 25, 2021 6:11 pm
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Location: Washington, DC, USA
PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:06 am 
 

StormingTrooper wrote:
I have been dabbling a bit with equalizers, but what programs should I use in order to make the music better sounding?
There has been on YouTube for example of a Remaster of Belphegor's "Necrodaemon Terrorsathan" album and it sounded better than the older upload. It wasn't re-recorded.
I am not talking about processing the music before it is mixed and mastered, but using a song that has already been studio-released to improve upon it.


Limiters and EQ will fix 90% of the issues that arise with shitty metal mixes- EQ can filter out the white noisey or" swarm of bees" type sounds and Limiters (or compressors in some instances) can fix volume or gain issues.

However I've found some releases are simply beyond being fixed without the isolated tracks. For instance Nattens Madrigal by Ulver isn't something you can really fix, since the vocals and drums are so buried in the mix, though an EQ could probably help it sound a bit less harsh. (Not shitting on lo-fi black metal ofc, but sometimes it can get in the way of the intensity of the song).

I'm starting work on a Youtube series on metal mixing/mastering/post production stuff like this, I'll post a link here if anyone wants it once I've uploaded it.
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