IRON MAIDEN: Behind-The-Scenes Look At Remastering
Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for the USA) have released nineteen Iron Maiden catalog albums (Mastered For iTunes, encoded from 24-bit / 96 khz high resolution masters and now remastered with iTunes in mind), delivering the music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. These are brand new remasters from their original analog sources, exclusively produced for iTunes.
All 15 studio albums, two best-of compilations and two live albums were personally selected by the band’s founding member Steve Harris for this superior mastering technique:
* “Iron Maiden”
* “The Number Of The Beast”
* “Piece Of Mind”
* “Somewhere In Time”
* “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”
* “No Prayer For The Dying”
* “Fear Of The Dark”
* “The X Factor”
* “Virtual XI”
* “Brave New World”
* “Dance Of Death”
* “A Matter Of Life And Death”
* “The Final Frontier”
* “Somewhere Back In Time”
* “From Fear To Eternity” (2CD)
* “Live After Death” (2CD)
* “Rock In Rio” ( 2CD)
Steve comments: “The Mastering For iTunes procedure allows the listener to experience the music as close as possible to the way the artist intended it to be heard. So, of course, I was very keen for the Maiden albums to be mastered in this way. The records have been available digitally before, when this medium first became a platform for music distribution, but that was mastered with CDs in mind. The iTunes process involves a different approach and it’s great to finally deliver the music to our fans in as close to a pure and accurate sound as we could possibly achieve. For example, as most people know, I was never really happy with the sound on the first Maiden album, but listening to it now, the guitars are louder, the drums more substantial and the overall tone is so very much improved, in my opinion. Tony Newton and Ade Emsley, who worked closely with me on the project, did a terrific job recapturing everything from the original masters, and together we’ve re- mastered them all digitally and I’m really happy with the results.”
“When a lot of these tapes were last captured it was in the 1980s, early days of digital and only 44.1khz/16bit files were possible. On top of this, the new A/D convertors are far superior now, and, of course, it is possible to produce files of far higher resolution. The result of this is that the songs now sound more defined with added depth and warmth.
Fans can download the Mastered For iTunes versions of the albums now from iTunes.