[ProAudio] Dolby A with no tones (was 4-channel program distribution format(s))
jim at audiosystemsgroup.com
Wed Jan 25 14:14:42 PST 2023
On 1/25/2023 1:16 PM, Scott Dorsey via ProAudio wrote:
> all you can do is use your ears.
Something that we ought to be doing a LOT more than most of us do.
A year or so ago, I bought a 2-CD set called "Sonny Rollins in Holland,"
which consists of a studio session and two poorly recorded live sets,
all from May '67. The studio set sounds fine, the live sets CRIED OUT
for extensive EQ to make them listenable. Clearly, the mastering
engineer was either deaf or never listened to the material, just punched
record and called it a day.
This is NOT uncommon -- I listen to a lot of jazz, some of it live, some
of it from studio sessions, and the quality is all over the place. Even
in well recorded material, acoustic design of control rooms and EQ of
monitoring systems colors EQ judgements when mixing and mastering. I do
all my serious listening on Sennheiser HD650 cans and a CD player
running from my computer through a Mackie interface. A year ago, I added
a small Yamaha mixer with midrange, 100 Hz and 10 kHz shelf EQ to make
stuff like this listenable. Yes, I could have done a parametric and
headphone amp, but my wife wouldn't have tolerated them in the living
room.) For those two Rollins live sets, I had to crank the low shelf
all the way up, the high shelf more than halfway, and the midrange
several dB down. It didn't turn a pig's ear into a silk purse, but both
sets sounded a LOT better.
The goal of mastering stuff like this should not be a perfect 1:1 copy
of what's on the tape, but rather getting as close as practical to what
was happening in the studio or on the stage.
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