Vintage Audio Mastering

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by George Thomas, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. George Thomas

    George Thomas Active Member

    I'm hoping this is the right place to get a recommendation for audio restoration and mastering software. These are all mono recordings so don't need any mixing. I'm more concerned with the mastering than I am about the restoration. I'm working on some 1930's to 1940's recordings from open reel, mainly from radio broadcasts. Most are in pretty good shape with light tape hiss and light surface noise. These are all mono recordings that have been run through CEDAR Duo Declickle and Auto Dehiss. There is usually some leftover hiss and surface noise that has to be overcome but I dislike using the continuous noise filters on some restoration software programs due to the strange sound & artifacts. For mastering I'm currently using Izotope Ozone 4 and have had pretty good luck with mastering and removing some of the noise during the process. When using many of the mastering presets however, some the results ending up sounding pretty "middy" (too much midrange and sounding a little harsh) even when not boosting the mids. Most of these recordings don't have much relevant signal above 6khz, just because of how they were originally recorded. Amplifying or expanding the upper range usually just adds noise as there is very little signal.

    I've heard some remasters of similar material with similar range (nothing above 6khz) that sound more "clear" and not quite as "middy". The masters I've heard were done a few years back so I suspect I don't need the latest software.

    I'm wondering if anyone here has any recommendations of which mastering software to try. I'd be willing to spend somewhere in the $500 to $1000 range. Also, if anyone knows of any helpful tutorials I would appreciate it.
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Hi George, welcome to our community.

    Samplitude suite is pretty cool. I did this 12 years ago but things have changed a lot since. What converters are you using? I just ordered Lavry AD11's for this. I'm going to move this into the Pro Mastering Forum for you.
  3. George Thomas

    George Thomas Active Member

    Thanks for the software recommendation, I'll check that suite out.

    I'm using a Radio Design Labs HR-ADC1 converter.
  4. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Seconding Samplitude -- Along with the restoration bundle, it's hard to beat. Did a bunch of Paul Harvey's old stuff for him before he left us with nothing more than Samp.

    Along with that -- I'd wholeheartedly do anything in my power to run any of it through any sort of Ozone preset... My goodness, that thing makes it so easy to hopelessly wreck an otherwise wonderful recording...

    Seriously - Who the hell uses a Haas filter on low end content? Anyone? Ever? Shouldn't there be a giant red warning label or something?

    Sorry - I get a little carried away. Had another bunch of files just a few days ago that I had to "send back" for de-Ozone-ing. Can't believe people can't hear that stuff sometimes... Not saying this is the case with your stuff -- Just blows my mind otherwise.

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