Wednesday, 23 December 2015

EPICA - 'Requiem for the Indifferent' XDR Remaster 2015



2015 XDR Remaster by Eddy Lite for
hoerejong MultiMedia Design,
Hipper Than Hell Records & Filmworks




EPICA - Requiem for the Indifferent PROMO 2015


1 - Karma (prelude)  [index: 0:00]
2 - Monopoly on Truth  [index: 1:33]
3 - Storm the Sorrow  [index: 8:44]


Technical:
Source: Original 2012 EU CD

Dynamic Range Data Comparison:

Dynamic Range Sheet (Original CD 2012):
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 Analyzed folder: C:\Users\Eddy\Documents\Epica - 2012 - Requiem for the Indifferent (Limited Edition)
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 DR          Peak            RMS           Filename
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 DR8      -0.33 dB     -11.39 dB     01. Karma.wav
 DR8      -0.10 dB      -9.48 dB     02. Monopoly On Truth.wav
 DR7      -0.46 dB      -9.45 dB     03. Storm the Sorrow.wav
 DR7      -0.52 dB     -11.80 dB     04. Delirium.wav
 DR8      -0.46 dB      -9.34 dB     05. Internal Warfare.wav
 DR8      -0.52 dB     -10.65 dB     06. Requiem For The Indifferent.wav
 DR10    -4.44 dB     -21.33 dB     07. Anima.wav
 DR7      -0.49 dB      -8.79 dB     08. Guilty Demeanor.wav
 DR8      -0.48 dB      -9.71 dB     09. Deep Water Horizon.wav
 DR8      -0.45 dB      -9.09 dB     10. Stay The Course.wav
 DR8      -0.41 dB      -9.46 dB     11. Deter the Tyrant.wav
 DR8      -0.45 dB     -10.48 dB     12. Avalanche.wav
 DR8      -0.47 dB     -10.97 dB     13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction.wav
 DR9      -0.17 dB     -11.81 dB     14. Twin Flames (Soundtrack Version) [Bonus Track].wav
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 Number of files:    14
 Official DR value:  DR8

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Dynamic Range Sheet (XDR Remaster 2015 - this version):
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 Analyzed folder: C:\Users\Eddy\Documents\Epica - 2012 - Requiem for the Indifferent (32bit XDR Remaster 2015)
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 DR          Peak            RMS           Filename
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 DR9        -1.06 dB     -14.69 dB     01. Karma.wav
 DR10      -0.23 dB     -12.78 dB     02. Monopoly On Truth.wav
 DR10      -0.57 dB     -12.80 dB     03. Storm the Sorrow.wav
 DR10      -1.07 dB     -15.10 dB     04. Delirium.wav
 DR11      -1.05 dB     -12.64 dB     05. Internal Warfare.wav
 DR11      -1.37 dB     -13.95 dB     06. Requiem For The Indifferent.wav
 DR10      -7.74 dB     -24.64 dB     07. Anima.wav
 DR10      -0.53 dB     -12.09 dB     08. Guilty Demeanor.wav
 DR10      -1.10 dB     -13.01 dB     09. Deep Water Horizon.wav
 DR10      -1.40 dB     -12.40 dB     10. Stay The Course.wav
 DR10      -0.94 dB     -12.76 dB     11. Deter the Tyrant.wav
 DR10      -0.03 dB     -13.78 dB     12. Avalanche.wav
 DR11      -1.26 dB     -14.27 dB     13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction.wav
 DR10      -1.55 dB     -15.12 dB     14. Twin Flames (Soundtrack Version) [Bonus Track].wav
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 Number of files:    14
 Official DR value:  DR10

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Personal notes on this Remaster by Eddy Lite:

I have been working on this remaster for about two years. On and off ofcourse. The problem was, this music is so complex and dynamic in nature that it sometimes drove me a bit mad to get it exactly the way I wanted it to sound. Epica is one of my favorite (Dutch) acts and I've been following them since they split-off from my much beloved After Forever. And yes, I bought all of these bands albums myself. In fact most of my music I buy as a regular customer. (;D)

Each album EPICA showed artistic growth & increasing intensity. In comparison to many other acts, it seems Epica goes against the grain by not going more mainstream with each new release, but rather going more, well, EPIC. Also, there's no other band that I know of that is writing this seriously and concerned about all that is going on in this modern age and typically our world, or to be more exact our species.

The biggest difference between this remaster and the original released CD from 2012 is NOT reflected in this Dynamic Range data above. That is because the short-term loudness pressure is not measured in a way that can be shown in the numbers. And that IS one of the most important aspects in this comparison.

This remaster is designed so to make you feel more INSIDE the soundscape. Though there are way more overly compressed albums produced, this album gave me the creeps too when I listened to it on soundlevels that are supposed to give you this experience of actually being there with the band in the studio, or on the stage. This is very exhausting to listen to when compressed to a pulp. Evenmoreso than say a popsong. Heavy Music needs to breathe to stand tall and Opera Metal should be even more dynamic because of it's, well, dynamical nature. I'll elaborate.

Ever been to an Opera? Ever attended a classical concert? Then you know what I am talking about right? There are HUGE differences between the LOUD parts and the whispers. The mastering engineers NEED to compress this all for media distribution, say mastering a CD. If not compressed there's too much dynamic range for all of us to enjoy. Because you might listen to your iPod and the next guy on a ghetto-blaster and some of us have BIG stereo's or entertainment centers. On average it's been established long ago that a decent dynamic range for popular music is about 12dBFS. Today MOST releases are closer to 5dBFS than that magical 12dBFS. (To give you an idea what 5dBFS is like in sound, clap your hands once and don't overdo it because that's over 5dBFS.)

These practices makes most people get a drowning feeling and makes them weary when listening to music for a longer period. Listening fatique is setting in sooner than should be too. I don't think anybody wants this. That's why I do these remasters. To let people hear what it is, what could be different and what kind of effect that has on the consumer's listening experience.

I do hope sincerely that we all are going to benefit from this (I am NOT alone in this, many are protesting the Brickwalling Tactics and show the other side of the coin) because it has been gone too far for too long already. We want our music back!

Eddy Lite
December 21st 2015


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(c)2012 Nuclear Blast GmbH, EPICA, The Netherlands
(p)2015 Hipper Than Hell Records

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