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    Share your personal favourite well-mastered technically competent tracks.

    I'm a sucker for music that sounds good. Wide soundstage,good separation,clarity, nice dynamic range. For me its almost as important as the music itself.

    So please, share something you think sounds great. Something that is like balm to your ears.

    I'll start with a track from my one of the best OST's.

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    Interesting topic.
    I wouldn't know if a record is "well-mastered," so I looked up albums for audiophiles and found this gem:


    Solid track.
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    mastering as important as the music? WTF.

    there's a reason why everyone prefers the older stuff. the new stuff has close to zero character.

    post production techniques are like a cancer of quality music.

    didn't ferry corsten remake his classics? gave them a lick a paint, made them "tighter", or some shit. would be interesting to compare. almost guaranteed the remakes are soulless in comparison, and drain any life and enjoyment out of the original music - but for some reason, they would be considered 'better quality' in a lot of circles.

    going overboard with the mastering and compression is what removed the human element from trance music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubez View Post
    mastering as important as the music? WTF.

    there's a reason why everyone prefers the older stuff. the new stuff has close to zero character.

    post production techniques are like a cancer of quality music.

    didn't ferry corsten remake his classics? gave them a lick a paint, made them "tighter", or some shit. would be interesting to compare. almost guaranteed the remakes are soulless in comparison, and drain any life and enjoyment out of the original music - but for some reason, they would be considered 'better quality' in a lot of circles.

    going overboard with the mastering and compression is what removed the human element from trance music.
    I agree. But this wasn't suppose to be about modern compression/mastering in trance. Just a thread to share music you'd consider well mastered. Music that is nice to your ears.

    Loudness war and boosting your music to the max is prevalent in alot of modern music, but actually trance seems to be up there with dubstep/bropstep if we are talking crushing your dynamic range, which is ofc sad.

    Personally I think mid 70s to late 80s had alot of well mastered/good sounding music. Lots of clarity and more focus in the mid-range. Alot more pleasant to listen to than the typical extreme v-shaped sound we have today.



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    Quote Originally Posted by rubez View Post

    didn't ferry corsten remake his classics?
    Funny you should say that because Ferry's 2003 remake of his own track ''Galaxia'' would be my answer to this thread - the perfectly mastered track regards to Trance imo - not too harsh,not too quiet,and so well rounded - just lovely on the ears.

    In regards to all time music - id have to say the Michael Jackson tracks of the 80's around the 'Bad' era....just brilliantly mastered,think it was Quincy Jones?

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    the loudness wars definitely has a lot to answer for. i credit it with the downfall of trance, but there are other factors too of course.

    you could probably draw an analogy with women who wear too much make up. less is more. be proud to stand out in your natural glory and stop following the crowd. in trance, there are no distinctive artists anymore. even entire labels have a homogenised stock sound, with all their artists seemingly, magically, sounding alike. it's unnatural. it's as if the entire current trance scene is ghost-produced by one single guy!
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    I always liked how Tilt - The World Doesn't Know sounded:

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubez View Post
    it's unnatural. it's as if the entire current trance scene is ghost-produced by one single guy!
    Haha you are right. But Anjunabeats releases would always all sound the same and everyone loved it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hensmon View Post
    Haha you are right. But Anjunabeats releases would always all sound the same and everyone loved it....
    Example?
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    Listen to these folks! This is how music should sound in my opinion

    This one is from 2009. You can hear how Steven Wilson likes his track sounding authentic.



    From 2012.



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    This thread needs more participation. I wanna hear the nusic you've encountered that you find as clean as a babys butt. Preferably non-trance because that whats most intereting in my opinion, but trance is ok too ofc.

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    Hmm im sure i can find something.
    Old Skool Trance FTW!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katadunkass View Post
    [videyoutube;msSc7Mv0QHY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msSc7Mv0QHY]movie[/URL]
    Still better than majority of uplftiing these days But c'mon give me a good one!
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    Unfortunately it's YT quality, but this was mastered in 5.1 surround and he's been hinting for years that there's stuff in the high frequencies that follows the golden ratio. Very few people on Earth are at his level sonically, and IMO almost everything he's put out since 2003 has had pristine clarity to it.


    Solar Fields' entire "Random Friday" album is probably the clearest sounding trance album I've ever heard:

    And beyond that, I'd have to throw in Jon Hopkins, Tipper, Ryanosaurus, and The Digital Blonde's more recent work off the top of my head.



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