Jason Ward at [="http://www.chicagomasteringservice.com/"]Chicago Mastering Service[/] agreed it's a bad idea to try and create masters for specific listening environments. "Most modern hits these days are sounding pretty fatiguing and less than ideal on any system to my ears," Ward told Ars. "Though that probably says much more about what is considered to sound good than the skills of the relevant engineers."
"I just try to make things sound as good as feasible for as wide a range of possible playback environments as possible," Ward said. "The only real tragedy would be to make decisions which would penalize listeners with good playback systems by making decisions to allegedly enhance enjoyment on inferior playback systems."
Creating iTunes-specific masters for Rush's albums required a more nuanced approach than just boosting the bass. "The delicate mix balances of a Rush album dictated that I could only 'nudge' the bottom, not really boost it," VanDette explained. "For iTunes mastering I focused on making up for the losses created by the iTunes AAC algorithm. Generally, I heard changes in level, bottom, top, punch, and imaging."
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low A string on a bass guitar is what? 220Hz? low E is about 140Hz the mistake is trying to get big bass on small speakers by boosting below 100Hz where the fundamentals are an octave higher. try a narrow 2 dB notch boost at 225 for the bass .. it will play with great definition on small speaker systems.