What exactly is remastering?

The master is basically the recording that is the definitive copy that gets duplicated for the end users. Until the digital storing, the masters (be it glass vinyl, tapes, etc) suffered the effect of time. In other situations, the masters are missing, but copies from masters still exists. In the remastering process, the information is converted to digital, and then, through the use of digital and analog, the master is improved and prepared for the new generation of listening devices. The source undergoes a couple of steps, like DC removal, clicks, scratches, cracks and noise removal, channel volume corrections, spectral repairs and corrections and dynamic editing. A new master is created, to be used for further duplication for the end users. Like in any mastering process, the experience and skills of the engineer, the listening environment and the quality of the equipment are essential.    

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