February 1999 / Summer 2007
This is the remastered version of the second Monolake album Interstate from 1999. Here is the original.
|3||Tangent I||mp3 excerpt|
|4||Tangent II||mp3 excerpt|
|7||Ginza||mp3 excerpt||8||Terminal||mp3 excerpt|
About the remastering process:
Interstate has been produced like all early Monolake records, by mixing the tracks during long jam sessions straight to DAT and later editing in Pro Tools. The result is very alive but has technical flaws. It has been recorded using cheap hifi speakers and the mastering was done with nothing but a TC Finalizer and not much experience. The result sounded good to us at that time but for the re-release I came to the conclusion that it might be possible to improve the quality. When I was working at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin from 1997 till 1999, I had the opportunity to teach Rashad Becker some of the science. Meanwhile he became an incredible mastering engineer, lightyears ahead of what I could do. For the re-release he worked on the Interstate tracks at Dubplates and Mastering and came up with a much better version, however, he is currently (Spring 2007) building his own studio room and tried a very different approach there, mainly to test his new equipment, some obscure analogue compressors and filters. The result blew both of us away! We ended up with a new remastered version of Interstate that is much darker, crunchier and deeper, than his first attempt. Maybe less loud than what you would do for massive airplay, but certainly very rich. Makes me want to listen to it LOUD. A great experience.
[I plan to put up excerpts of the different versions to show the amazing changes...]