Joined: Aug. 2012
||Posted: Mar. 06 2014, 06:37
OK so after some extensive listening of MOTR to decide how much I like the various music tracks I finally got around to scrutinizing the QUALITY of the AUDIO on the CDs...
In short, I am disappointed... Unlike almost all of Mike's previous releases which have to date been very well mixed and mastered for CD, with MOTR there exists a very noticable overuse of COMPRESSION and ramping up the GAIN too much to the extent that the audio signal is CLIPPED / BRICK-WALLED... Whilst this it typically done so as to allow higher volumes to be enjoyed when listening though earphones via a mobile listening device this has a very detrimental effect on how the audio sounds when played through a HIFI SYSTEM, making it sound HARSH, FLAT and devoid of any decent DYNAMIC RANGE.
For example, HERE are the waveforms for MOTR track 7 "NUCLEAR" - Note the high level of COMPRESSION, negligible DYNAMIC RANGE and very considerable amount of CLIPPING / BRICK-WALLING:
For comparison purposes HERE are the waveforms for FIVE MILES OUT track 5 "FIVE MILES OUT" (2013 REMASTER):
This is just one of many examples of very well mixed and mastered audio as typical for Mike's previous releases... Just look at the wonderful DYNAMIC RANGE and absence of any CLIPPING / BRICK-WALLING.
What does everyone think about this?
Incidentally, whether or not the VINYL version also suffers from this problem would depend on whether the same stereo digital master was used as with CD... if the stereo digital master is 44.1KHz 16-bit, then it is very likely that the CLIPPING / BRICK-WALLING is present on the stereo digital master and hence also on the VINYL version... If there anyone who possesses the VINYL version of MOTR can confirm this that would be most greatly appreciated.