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Raiders of the Lost Ark - Orchestral Tuning

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I'm sure the orchestra was tuned normally - the speed (and therefore pitch) of the recording itself got messed up at some point in the process of putting it onto CD. Not sure why, but it's easily corrected. And the score still sounds plenty special after doing so. :)

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Depends on what sort of mix and EQing you prefer. It's a lot easier to correct the Concord pitches than it is to make the DCC release sound like the Concord release, or vice versa.

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To my ear and my headphones, "natural" would be somewhere between the two, but a little closer to the Concord release. I like the DCC release just fine, but the sound is a little dull to my ear.

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True. The DCC sounds how it is recorded. It's the closest thing to the original analog source (if only the original Star Wars sounded like this!). The producers of the Concord release changed the original recording with 1) A limiting plugin to increase the overall loudness. Peaks that have been pushed above maximum level have been flattened. Not so with the DCC. There the waveform is perfect. No compression is used!!! 2) E.Q. and/or some kind of exciter plugin is added to the point that it becomes very obvious, making the original trilogy of the Concord release sound a lot sharper than the sound of a modern recording (The Crystal Skull). If you EQ to hard, then you start hearing the sound of the EQ. Unless you are making new sounds for a pop music recording, the golden rule when adding EQ is, the moment you hear it, it's already too much. Good remastering should never be obvious. However, when done right, most people don't hear it. The ultimate point is of course to 'justify' a new release and sell CDs. It has to be made obvious so people hear it immediately and buy the CD.

Alex

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The original 1977 LP, which was my first encounter with the OST.

I had it for a few years before I even had the OST CD.

It sounds quite unlike any of the other SW scores.

And yet, the original LP (at least, my copy) has that dark, short roomy Tomlinson sound of that time. I was very disappointed with the CD, the brass sounds more harsh, not as smooth and analog as the LP. It's as if the top end has been lost somehow. The CD does get better after a while, I think. To be honest, I rarely listen to the CD. I once tried to make it sound better but it only became apparent that the master used for this release is of very poor quality.

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