I think it depends on what is meant by "sounds great on any system".
Obviously on a terrible system, any track will sound terrible. It's not the
tracks that are at fault but the playback system. I think mastering
engineers generally try to make their tracks conform to a reference sound.
This means that no matter what the system, their track will sound * no
worse* - but no better either - than the competition which are also
conforming to that same reference. It's about tracks in a random playlist.
But maybe the temptation to make our track stand out "above" the other
tracks has been at the root of another issue, namely the so called "loudness
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From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Every time you listen to a well mastered recording you hear that. Might nbot
be “see-able” but we experience it every day! I’ve had enough time at the
feet of some masters to realize it is possible...
On Feb 2, 2019, at 6:24 PM, Tim Gillett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> But we read it on audio production forums that a good mastering engineer
> can make a recording "sound great on all systems". I'd like to see that...
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