But that advantage has just ramped up to a whole new level.
HDtracks have recently released 2012 remasters of Green Day albums like “American Idiot”. They’re analogue masters, they’re available in 24/96 lossless and they have more dynamics than the original CD releases – the song I tested in the video above registers a very respectable DR10 versus the original CD’s wimpy, over-compressed DR5. And the mastering engineer may surprise you !
The difference is noticeable – maybe not a complete revelation (this is a Chris Lord-Alge mix, after all) – but some people have tried to tell me in the past that music like this or Foo Fighters “needs” a crushed, distorted loudness-war sound.
It’s not true.
Even Green Day sound better with more dynamics.
This is exactly the kind of re-master I was hoping for when I first heard about the Apple’s Mastered For iTunes guidelines – lets hope there are many more to come !