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"Band on the Run" unlimited remaster, "retains the dynamic range of the original master recording"
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post Nov 10 2010, 11:22
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The anti "loudness race" trend continues...

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The audio industry has seen many technical innovations since Band on the Run was first released on vinyl in 1973, the most notable being digital recording. However, with the introduction of CD came two advances, “de-noising” and “peak limiting” which have become increasingly unpopular within certain areas of the music industry and amongst audiophiles.

De-noising was introduced to remove the inherent sound, or hiss, associated with analogue tape. The amount of processing used to remove tape noise can be varied, but when used excessively, many believe that it also has a detrimental effect on elements of the musical sound.

Peak limiting is a process that increases the loudness of music. It is achieved by holding the loudest peaks down and raising the overall level of the music. Much depends on the amount of limiting applied, but at its most extreme the result can be a serious reduction in the dynamic range and often audible distortion.

The release of The Beatles’ remasters in 2009 saw a marked change in attitudes towards these issues, where both noise reduction and limiting were used sparingly with the aim of representing the master tapes more accurately. Such is the case with the newly remastered CD of Band on the Run: tape noise reduction has scarcely been used and the degree of limiting is subtle. In addition digital technology has advanced with the ability now to offer recordings in 24 bit/96kHz. The high resolution version is being made available via download and is being offered in two formats: limited, which is comparable in volume to the remastered CD, and un-limited, which in comparison with the limited version will sound quieter, but retain the dynamic range of the original master recording.


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They're "only" charging an extra Ģ3 / $5 above the comparable "CD" download, though you have no option but to pay for the 9 extra bonus tracks if you want hi-res.

If you just want the normal album, you're paying double to get hi-res (limited or unlimited version).

9-track "CD" download: Ģ6 / $9
18-track "CD" download: Ģ10 / $15
Hi-Res download: Ģ13 / $20
Both Hi-Res downloads: Ģ23 / $36

From here:
http://www.paulmccartney.com/bandontherun/

Cheers,
David.

P.S. I haven't heard it. It's a shame it's not on Spotify! (The recent John Lennon releases are).

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post Nov 12 2010, 16:15
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I know this recording from back in the 70s and wonder why it needs 24bit at all? Jet sounds like recorded thru a telephone line, i doubt 24bit will change that. Besides that i was already unimpressed by the way EMI "remastered" The Beatles. I seldom hear critics about that and wonder why i donīt like their sound but i canīt help. I bet some japanese at Warner Japan would have conjured some more sparkle on these smile.gif
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post Nov 12 2010, 19:56
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QUOTE (Wombat @ Nov 12 2010, 10:15) *
I know this recording from back in the 70s and wonder why it needs 24bit at all? Jet sounds like recorded thru a telephone line, i doubt 24bit will change that. Besides that i was already unimpressed by the way EMI "remastered" The Beatles. I seldom hear critics about that and wonder why i donīt like their sound but i canīt help. I bet some japanese at Warner Japan would have conjured some more sparkle on these smile.gif


I suspect they were constrained by the expectations of listeners. I mean, messing with something as sacrosanct as the sound of the Beatles is a bit like messing with the formula of Coca-Cola, and we all know how that turned out. Also, let's face it, many of those recordings sounded pretty bad in the first place. George Martin wasn't known for favoring clean sound, and probably couldn't have achieved it if he'd wanted to in the more track bounced albums.

From my perspective, the sin on the remasters is that they limited the stereo version. Not terribly, but enough to interfere with the musical sense of some of the tracks I A/B'd. For some reason, the mono release wasn't limited, and I much preferred the mono tracks I compared (not just because of the absence of limiting, but because of the original Beatles-approved mixes, and perhaps because it's been so many years since I heard them they may be fresher to my ears). If anything, I'd like to hear stereo remasters that more closely follow the mono mixes, maybe get away from the primitive hard left/right mixing of the early three track recordings. But that would be opening a can of worms, or several . . .
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- 2Bdecided   "Band on the Run" unlimited remaster   Nov 10 2010, 11:22
- - Notat   I don't see this as something to complain abou...   Nov 10 2010, 15:30
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (Notat @ Nov 10 2010, 14:30) I don...   Nov 11 2010, 11:19
- - AndyH-ha   It's hard to see how the selling prices are re...   Nov 10 2010, 22:19
|- - dhromed   QUOTE (AndyH-ha @ Nov 10 2010, 22:19...   Nov 10 2010, 22:29
|- - Soap   QUOTE (AndyH-ha @ Nov 10 2010, 16:19...   Nov 10 2010, 22:32
- - AndyH-ha   I don't question a sellers right to price his ...   Nov 10 2010, 22:39
- - Canar   While your point is very valid, Andy, Notat's ...   Nov 10 2010, 23:02
- - greynol   I understand the concept, but I don't think it...   Nov 10 2010, 23:08
|- - DVDdoug   QUOTE (greynol @ Nov 10 2010, 14:08) I do...   Nov 10 2010, 23:33
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (greynol @ Nov 10 2010, 23:08) I un...   Nov 15 2010, 05:03
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Porcus @ Nov 14 2010, 20:03) On th...   Nov 15 2010, 10:13
- - mixminus1   Also, if I'm reading the website correctly, on...   Nov 10 2010, 23:26
- - Teknojnky   I have to agree with greynol, this simply re-enfor...   Nov 10 2010, 23:26
- - Fandango   I'm wondering how this can actually turn the t...   Nov 10 2010, 23:56
|- - Josh358   QUOTE (Fandango @ Nov 10 2010, 17:56) I...   Nov 11 2010, 00:50
- - BearcatSandor   Also, the $30 price will further encourage pe...   Nov 11 2010, 02:27
- - JSW   I actually did pay $20 for the 24/96 "un...   Nov 11 2010, 02:35
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (JSW @ Nov 11 2010, 01:35) I actual...   Nov 11 2010, 11:33
- - Meeko   Wow...talk about choices. I'm not positive an...   Nov 11 2010, 14:46
- - zipr   What a confusing mess of a page that is! I won...   Nov 11 2010, 15:06
- - ramicio   I procured the unlimited version. Sounds nice. I...   Nov 11 2010, 16:33
- - BearcatSandor   There's something i don't get about this t...   Nov 11 2010, 16:52
|- - Josh358   QUOTE (BearcatSandor @ Nov 11 2010, 10:52...   Nov 11 2010, 23:30
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (BearcatSandor @ Nov 11 2010, 10:52...   Nov 12 2010, 15:22
|- - BearcatSandor   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Nov 12 2010, 07...   Nov 12 2010, 17:21
|- - greynol   QUOTE (BearcatSandor @ Nov 12 2010, 08:21...   Nov 13 2010, 00:33
- - 2Bdecided   I agree. All of which makes it surprising that th...   Nov 12 2010, 11:04
|- - Josh358   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Nov 12 2010, 05:04) I ...   Nov 12 2010, 19:48
- - Brand   I really like seeing major labels openly mention t...   Nov 12 2010, 13:19
- - ron spencer   I bought this...sounds nice. Price is good given ...   Nov 12 2010, 15:49
- - Wombat   I know this recording from back in the 70s and won...   Nov 12 2010, 16:15
|- - Josh358   QUOTE (Wombat @ Nov 12 2010, 10:15) I kno...   Nov 12 2010, 19:56
- - Wombat   QUOTE (Josh358 @ Nov 12 2010, 20:56) I su...   Nov 12 2010, 20:06
- - Batman321   I bought it, very nice sound. I converted these ...   Nov 12 2010, 20:25
- - jimmanningjr   I just got my hands on these 96/24 files of BOTR. ...   Nov 13 2010, 04:19
|- - Canar   QUOTE (jimmanningjr @ Nov 12 2010, 23:19)...   Nov 13 2010, 21:08
- - Brand   I got my hands on those as well (both limited and ...   Nov 13 2010, 21:06
- - jimmanningjr   Nice and Short Thanks   Nov 13 2010, 21:27
|- - Canar   QUOTE (jimmanningjr @ Nov 13 2010, 16:27)...   Nov 13 2010, 21:41
|- - jimmanningjr   You know I have had my doubts...that 16 bit was go...   Nov 13 2010, 23:04
|- - Josh358   QUOTE (jimmanningjr @ Nov 13 2010, 17:04)...   Nov 15 2010, 01:51
- - emte   I, unfortunately, must agree with the post above. ...   Nov 13 2010, 23:43
|- - jimmanningjr   Wondering if with the proper playback equipment if...   Nov 14 2010, 06:48
- - krabapple   You shouldn't expect an audible difference due...   Nov 14 2010, 08:52
- - greynol   I am not so sure that sensitivity/acuity to bit-de...   Nov 14 2010, 09:19
- - emte   I'm 22 and I have never noticed any audible di...   Nov 14 2010, 10:41
- - Brand   IMO there's no way there could be an audible d...   Nov 14 2010, 11:48
- - C.R.Helmrich   I'd probably take the limited version, because...   Nov 14 2010, 16:39
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (C.R.Helmrich @ Nov 14 2010, 15:39)...   Nov 15 2010, 13:41
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Nov 15 2010, 07:41) bt...   Nov 15 2010, 14:26
- - greynol   It's quite possible that the differences heard...   Nov 15 2010, 02:09
|- - Josh358   QUOTE (greynol @ Nov 14 2010, 20:09) It...   Nov 15 2010, 19:19
- - greynol   Certainly, which is why have foobar2000 configured...   Nov 15 2010, 19:22


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