Originally Posted by rjfreeland
Finally have a second from mixing the Hugh Laurie record.
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Me, I prefer round and smooth, and for those reasons I just love your previous work, especially when mastered by Gavin Lurssen. Just got the 'Good Willin' album on vinyl, and I gotta admit I was hugely disappointed. I just have to reach for the old clichés "it almost cut my head off" and "my spine
just flinches". My girlfriend also reacted instinctively and wondered why it sounded so harsh. And that is on vinyl and listening through a fairly good stereo setup!
I wholeheartedly agree that it's all about Different Strokes for Different Folks, but this time I think it's just too much. Based on your previous work and your comment about your initial thoughts of the mastering I gotta say I believe you would have preferred a different mastering. At least I do.
Man does this ever disappoint me! I haven’t actually heard the vinyl pressing. The label had it done and sent off without getting my approval. They keep saying they will send me a copy but still haven’t done it. Did the vinyl version include a digital version and do you have the same opinion about the digital version? I’m just curious if you feel the CD/download version is also harsh?
I’ve been working with Gavin for years and always love the work he does. Obviously Bob Ludwig is an amazing mastering engineer and I love what he did with Ray’s record. I can’t speak to the vinyl pressing but am really disappointed that you feel it sounds harsh - harsh being my least favorite adjective to describe music. I’m going to get copy as soon as I can and check it out. I really hope they didn’t end up with some crap pressing plant – it’s a dying art and easily f-ed up.
Gavin will be mastering this Hugh Laurie record next week and I’ll share your thoughts with him. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such great mastering engineers.
Listening to the digital version now. Although I think I get what you are saying about what Ludwig did in mastering, I also think the digital version sounds much better that my vinyl. Strange, guess that's a first for me:-)
As I live in Europe, I guess there's a possibility that my copy was pressed in a European plant, and maybe that's what caused what I described as a somewhat harsh top end. My local vinyl pusher, who also are a die-hard vinyl aficionado tells me that, as vinyl is gaining in popularity once again, one side-effect is that we will get a larger amount of poor pressings.
Are there other people that have experienced the same thing when it comes to the vinyl version of this record?
Anyway, I want to congratulate Mr. Freeland with the Grammy nomination as well, glad to see that this record and the engineering gets the credit it deserves!
Best to you, Ryan, and thanks for contributing!