diabolical mastering

ok, so I’m showing my age here – I bought the new Echo and the Bunnymen cd “Meteorites” – and have a new addition to the “worst mastering ever” list. Not compression from hell this time (as was the case with their last one, The Fountain).

 

This time it is ear shredding upper mids. It is like at mastering they have run a parallel feed, boosted the hell out of 4k +/ 3k and mixed it back in. It is unlistenable. In Foobar2000, I have had to make an eq that dips between 3-7k by up to 3dB. Then it sounds ok!

 

Madness. Do they think this will help with iPod listening…y’know, where it is already bandwidth restricted and mostly mids..?!

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