From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad


a most interesting thread, thank you Steven for initiating it!

I would not see any problem with labeling a transfer "optimized for headphone listening" or the like.

We are deeply into ethics, here. Any manipulation to the sound from a historical source is permissible and ethical, provided nobody claims to present the truth, backed up by the authority of someone who is considered an authority on early recordings. 

Many academic works -- phD theses -- use early recordings as sources to evaluate the development of performance practices. Most take the shortcut to use commercial transfers of the originals without little reflection or merely a statement that the transfers are used because the phD student trusts the transfer engineer. I actively work against this trend. The student should have been involved in the actual transfer used. It is much more work, but academically sound. And it borders on idiocy on the part of the committee overseeing the thesis to blithely accept commercial transfers when they would reject the use of a museum postcard of a Mozart manuscript as a source for analysis. The trust in the transparency of a recording seems to be infinite!

Best wishes,


P.S. In many cases the phD students I mention are singers themselves. Very few transfer engineers are singers.

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Sendt: mandag, 4. februar 2019 05:48:21
Emne: Re: [ARSCLIST] Restored audio. Speakers or headphones

Hi Lou,

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 


Western Australia

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From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2019 4:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Restored audio. Speakers or headphones

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...
Lou Judson
Intuitive Audio

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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