Would anyone tell me what is better between Flac and Ape ? (I use to think it is Ape, but I may be mistaken).
Define "better"? They are both lossless, so identical in audio quality.
Well, I'm thinking about the way the encoding is working... I thought there may be a difference because it happened many times that the Flac files I downloaded had some saturation (basses mostly). Ape files are always perfect, and you can choose the degree of compression quality (high or extra high etc...).
Might I suggest FLAC. It seems to be the more popular and that was the feedback I had doing SYMPHONY FOR A SAGA.
I'm totally interested in what you can remaster. How much tape his and other pops can you clear from an LP rip?
I won' t clear anything, bud ! I' m not of the kind who wants all perfect without a pop. Just let me tell you the guys who work the SE's for exemple, tried to hide a lot of faults and in the same time have hidden all the qualities of the original sound. I beg you to hear this one thing: my work only targets to unreveal all that was hidden!!! I always stopped playing RotJ ten minutes after the beginning because it was too much efforts to stand this poor sound. Now I can listen and appreciate it in its entirety and play it again once it is finished ;) I mean since I remastered them: it is really the first time I listen these scores in their entirety. I use only equalization for my remastering, no noise reduction, no stereo enlargement (though my equalizations take care of that) because I want to hear the sound the closest as it looks to be at the origin. All have been remastered track by track, never isolated parts, though sometime I had to cut a track into pieces (rarely) when it was obvious it was the reunion of different pieces with different sounds. In this case, I inform when there are 0's pause tracks for burning if the cut doesn't use any fade. But don' t worry, I didn' t buchered the scores.
You may learn to apreciate these scores in their own juice (as we say in France). ;) The biggest problem I encountered was a saturation of the highs on the track "departure of Bobba-Fett" from the ESB anthology. Just give a listen to the original: you will hear it, hidden by the way it has been remastered, but here however. You will notice it quite better on my remaster... So bit !
PS: Different commentaries about RotJ:
- From Possessed: "Wow... I haven't listened to them all yet but what I've heard so far is fantastic! The clarity and high end sound of the 1997 special edition soundtracks but with the warmth and depth of the 1993 set... great work!"
- From DarthBo: "I still haven't had the time to listen to everything, but what I've heard is amazing. I've heard instruments I never knew were there. Thank you so much for that!"
- From 7FN: "Have listened to the first CD - great work!!! It sounds alot better this way :) Just one thing I think the Main Title needs a BIT more bass? Just a bit, but the rest sounds perfect!"
... Only Adywan was bothered by hiss and cracklings (and I guess, as he listened to only the last part of the download at this time, he was talking about "Darth Vader's Death" track wich is a hard one... He didn' t explained so far).