The albums are transferred from analog to digital
Ten Bruce Springsteen albums have been Mastered for iTunes, and for the first time ever, their masters have been transferred from analog to digital resulting in the removal of unwanted artifacts found on the original source tapes.
Five albums are from Springsteen’s early career: Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., The Wild, the Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle, Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and Born in the U.S.A. while five are from the last decade: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, Working on A Dream, The Promise, Wrecking Ball and the recently released High Hopes.
Vintage Vinyl News reports that the five early albums were transferred from analog tape to digital media with remastering done by Bob Ludwig under the supervision of Springsteen and engineer Toby Scott.
A new audio technology that is capable of repairing pitch and timing errors embedded in analog recordings was used by Plangent Processes to transfer the early albums with improved definition. This archival process, developed by Plangent Processes with researchers at Cambridge University in England, reduces distortion to eliminate many of the inevitable artifacts that are inherited in vintage recordings which result in greater transparency, detail and clarity.
Tracks Mastered for iTunes are encoded at the highest bit possible, preserving all the dynamic range of a 24-bit source file and eliminating unwanted and unnecessary noise. It allows encoders to deliver the final product just as the artists and sound engineers intended it to be heard.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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