Beth Orton - Comfort of Strangers (2006)Sounds great, and encourages me to turn up the volume rather than down, so I don't think is mastered too high. Seems to have clear treble frequencies, and yet doesn't unnaturally push them at higher levels than everything else.
and everything squashed to pop porridge.
I wasn't so strict with mastering until I improved my audio gear, specially the headphones. Now I detect a lot more mastering mistakes than before.As a mainly soundtrack listener, I thought I was safe from the "loudness war" in mastering process, but there're exceptions. I've recently listened to Planet Earth BBC soundtrack by George Fenton. On the second CD it has traces of compression and even hard clipping (sound even crackles in loud passages). I had a few emails with mastering engineer Sean Magee, but we were unable to agree the origin of that anomalies.You have mentioned several soundtracks in this thread. A common element between some of them is recording engineer Shawn Murphy. Other good professionals in mastering are Joe Gastwirt, Patricia Sullivan-Fourstar, Gareth Williams, Martin Giles...
There are so many well recordings but one of the best i have in my collection is "Patricia Barber - Modern Cool".You may argue about a tiny bit of to much bass here and there but the clarity is just amazing. I only have the regular Parlophone version. Maybe the Mofi version is even better.
Beastie Boys - The Mix-Up. Very well mastered record.
Quote from: skamp on 16 July, 2007, 02:35:27 PMBeastie Boys - The Mix-Up. Very well mastered record.Any RG values please?
I think record companies should at least try releasing well-mastered cd's. Even people who aren't aware of "the Race" subconsciously hate the sound ofcd's, I'd guess. Then they might start buying more records.