Friday, March 19, 2010

Posted by xjustinx | File under : , , ,

A few months ago, I was having a conversation with Tom Sheehan, and he mentioned off hand that Indecision's "Unorthodox" record was never actually mastered, and neither were any of the Indecision recordings prior to it. They were all young, and a bit naive at the time, so they just didn't understand the advantages of mastering a recording. According to Tom, Ron Thal even asked them if they wanted to master it, but they turned down the service, because they didn't think it was necessary. Although Unorthodox is a great record, I'm sure you may have noticed over the years that you really have to crank the living shit out of it to get some decent volume. I chose to give the record a bit of a mastering treatment myself. The lineage of it all went a little something like this:
Unorthodox cd -> 44khz wav -> Adobe Audition 3.0 Mastering Suite ->
WAVs burned to CDR -> Exact Audio Copy v0 vbr mp3s
I think it came out sounding nice. You no longer have to exhaust your stereos volume dial get it loud, and some of the tones have better clarity now. Even though the album was never mastered in the first place, I've labeled it as 'remaster' just so everyone can easily separate it from the original.

Indecision - Unorthodox [remaster]
[1997 - Exit Records]


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this upload. I have to point out that you could've just used LAME to encode the Mp3s directly from the WAV files instead of burning them to a CD and then extracting the files.

xjustinx said...

I tried plugging LAME into the Adobe Audition root directory, but even at the insane preset, the mp3s were just coming out at 160kb, so I decided to just do it the old fashioned way.

Dan said...

thank you so much for doing this.

Shanetera said...

I really love the old Most Precious Blood, I can't wait to check this out.

rob mcfeters said...

one of my favorite hardcore records.

grant said...

Holy crap. I just saw this. I'm going to listen now.