Current CD mastering practices Reply #50 – 2005-09-06 01:38:12 I have another example for poor mastering. This is taken from Metallica's album St. Anger. I have marked the significant spots. The album really sounds like it looks there. I clearly heard a crackling sound at locations like the shown. It's just sad that such a great bands produces such a crap. I posted that image in the official Metallica forums some time ago and there were many people that liked the "new" sound and didn't care about clipping at all.