Digital Restoration & Re-Mastering Example (Brisk & Trixxy - Eyeopener) by Hardcore Underground published on 2014/03/17 14:19:33 +0000 As well as concentrating on the future of our music, a number of our recent album projects also have a 'Best Of' theme to them, and include some anthems of days gone by. Where possible, we have always sought to improve the quality of these older tracks so that whilst produced in a different age, they can at least be made available in the best possible quality, using digital restoration and better, more modern mastering techniques and equipment. As a little example of the work we've undertaken on such tracks recently, here is a well known 90's Hardcore anthem in Brisk & Trixxy's 'Eyeopener'. The first half of this waveform is cut from the only previously available digital version of this track, the best example of which could be sourced from an unmixed Dreamscape compilation released many moons ago. You'll find that it's largely in mono (!) and that the mastering has been used to brighten the entire track to the point where digital distortion is evident in a lot of places. Frequency analysis (and also... your ears) will also reveal it to be sourced from an MP3 (high end roll off). The DAT (look it up if you're under 30) has been lost, and nobody knows exactly where it is, so imagine our glee when we finally tracked down a CDR which had been recorded directly from the original studio DAT, and contained the full length, stereo, un-mastered .wav. This has now been professionally mastered by our friends at Purefocus.ca (the company we have used to master our album tracks and mixes since we started) and I think you'll agree the results speak for themselves. Who knew the percussion was ever panned on this track? Who knew about the synth layering? Clicks and pops are removed, annoying resonant frequencies removed, stereo imaging tools used, all as part of the mastering process to obtain the best possible results. It will never sound like it was produced in 2014, but it'll be the next best thing. Not to justify our delays on some recent projects, but this is the kind of work we undertake to insure that any album we release is indeed the best it can be, especially on these projects which contain some older music not produced in the modern age of mirrored drives and raised production standards. *Even Soundcloud processes the audio playback of these waveforms slightly, the difference will be even more striking once you have the CD! **AND we should say we've even been over generous to the 'original' version here, which has still been cleaned up and mastered for this album prior to the stereo / un-mastered .wav surfacing. Before we got hold of it, it sounded even worse!