Alice in Chains – Facelift Remastered HD
This one was interesting. I almost shelved my attempts at remastering but then a commenter requested it so I decided to try and push through on it. I think it turned out pretty well.
This is a great sounding album from the get go, but it does have some quirks/issues that I tried to correct a bit. And 1 thing that I couldn’t do anything about. The first thing I tried was taming the low end. Its a bit hit or miss. On a few track, the bass guitar has a decent amount of low end, and on others, it is quite literally non-existent below about 60 hz. I mean, its a BASS. Why would you do that? Anyway, at least the bass has mid/high content, unlike some albums *cough …Justice… cough* So I whacked everything below that mark with some healthy compression to try and bring out the extreme lows and even it out a bit and then tried to EQ them in. It worked out for the most part, but there are still a few tracks that lack proper bass content.
Another quirk is the vocal mix. While they vocals sound great, they sometimes completely dominate the mix in an odd way. It sounds like Dave Jerden was maybe riding the fader on the vocals instead of using compression, which is a great thing for keeping dynamics and sounds fantastic, but there are a few spots where they get away from the mix a tiny bit. No big deal, but I did try a bit of soft compression on the upper mids to keep them in line.
The only other oddity I ran into was something I couldn’t even try to fix. Well, I guess it wasn’t an oddity since it was intentional, but I still don’t like it. The snare sound. I just hate the snare on this album. It sounds like a cheap midi kit off of a Casio keyboard. Plus, on certain tracks like Bleed the Freak, its super low in the mix for some reason. I can’t change the snare sound, but I did try to give it a little more body through some limiting/EQ over the low mids. I think it comes through OK, but I still hate the sound of it. But that’s on me, its personal taste.
Other than that, just a bit of overall light compression to tame some of the EQ changes I made when evening out the tracks a bit.
I hope you enjoy it!
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All remastered music posted here is for the purposes of entertainment and experimentation only. I am simply exploring modern mastering techniques and their effect on great albums from various eras. I love these bands and their music and am in no way seeking to monetize anything about this. All rights are with the original artist and no infringement is intended.