Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Beatles Remasters Hit the Streets

If you read this blog, you are likely a music fan. And if you have not been under a rock the last week or so, you have been blowing in the wind of hype around The Beatles catalog being released today in remastered format on CD.

I heard a few songs on the radio and they did sound great. My birthday is coming up, so I am waiting patiently for a few to arrive as gifts. I will certainly post something after I give them a listen.

In the meantime, here is a PDF of an interview CNN did with the engineers who were given the master mix tapes to make this happen. This was not a remix a la the Yellow Submarine, Let It Be...Naked, and Love CDs from the last few years. All they did was to take the master mixes that came out of the studio in the 60s and apply modern day technology to transfer them to digital and apply EQ to clean up the sound.

But given the fact that technology has come a long way since the 80s, when The Beatles first showed up on CD, this process alone is enough to make those master tapes sound like you are sitting in the studio with the boys themselves.

Anyway, it's an interesting read. Especially the discussion about mono in the 60s and how up to about 1968, stereo was an afterthought, only afforded by the elite!

1 comment:

Dr. John said...

Can't wait to hear your review, Isorski. Hard to spend the $200 or so it must cost to get the whole 14 CD set.