Bandwidth (limiting of) in Mastering ???

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by mark4man, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. mark4man

    mark4man Active Member

    Apr 18, 2003
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    Released my ex-band's CD in 2006; & at that time, my vehicle only had a Cassette player. So I dubbed the music down to cassette for playback in that vehicle...& it sounded GREAT...I mean, really clear, detailed & punchy.

    Sold that vehicle not long ago; & just recently began to play the CD itself in my new vehicle. It sounds CRAPPY...masked & flat.

    So I took the original cassette & played it on my project studio's audiophile system ( close as I could get to one at the time of sports an Onkyo Power Amp, Sony Cassette Player & CD Changer; & Pioneer Speakers...sort of a poor man's audiophile system, I guess). The Sony cassette player is also the same unit that I used to dub the CD to cassette.

    I did this in comparison w/ the CD...on the same system…& the results were astonishing similar. question is...did I discover one of the untold secrets of mastering...rolling off the sub-sonics from the bottom end & the ultra-sonics from the top end ??? (to sort of match the limited bandwidth of cassette tape).

    I know a practice such as this would vary w/ various musical styles & even recording & mixing any of the ME's here limit the bandwidth of music they master ? (& if so…what techniques do they use?)

    I'm guessing what happened in my case is that the subs and/or the ultras were masking my detail & punch...does that sound correct?

    [what exactly IS the bandwidth of cassette tape, anyway?]

    Sure could use some expertise on this I'm back in the studio working on my first solo release; & planned to cycle three tunes form the aforementioned CD into my solo project (&...they'll obviously need to be remastered).

    Thanks very much,

  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Distinguished Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    Welcome to analog tape. It just sounds good. If you move up to 1/4" or 1/2" tape, it sounds better.
  3. camsr

    camsr Active Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Sonoma County, California
    im using 24db bessel filters for bandlimiting currently. i find cutting 6db at 18000hz does make a smooth contour without a lofi signature. on the bottom end the filter set at 25hz -6db is perfect for large systems. cassette is useless

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