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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (James Horner)

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New recording sound quality
• Posted by: Hays   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, August 27, 2009, at 8:01 p.m.
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Having listened to the GNP release on album and CD countless times, I am pleased to say what a huge improvement the re-release and remaster is. The original was mastered with something called "B.A.S.E Audio Processing" which seemed to cause rather huge amounts of phase distortion: it could create some interesting effects over 2-channel speakers, but made headphone listening almost painful due to these phase effects. There was also some distortion during the loudest passages.

The new remaster is a revelation by comparison. Crisp, clean and pure stereo. The original production was quite aggressively multitracked to highlight certain passages and instruments, and yet an impressive amount of 'room noise' and ambiance also survives in many selections.

It's so nice to hear that the original digital masters were in good enough shape for this outstanding remaster, and that the defects and weaknesses in the original release seemed to be a result of post-production processing. I never thought I'd ever get to hear this (expanded) score in such a fashion such as this! Kudos to the producers and engineers that took the time and investment to do such a great job with a classic score.

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