What is remastering?
Remastering often means a very different thing these days, particularly with re-releases of 'classics'. See "the loudness war" video on YouTube which succinctly explains it allAt a minimum it means taking the maters of separate tracks and remixing them and I suspect it often involves a lot more, e.g. bringing out detail in old recordings before mixing. I'm not in the music business so there is probably a lot more that I don't know about.
Re-mastering originally meant taking either a) the original master tapes and mastering them in a different (hopefully better) way, often 'cleaning up' the sound, improving areas where the original production was supposed to have fallen down, or b) taking an available master and sprinkling some mastering fairy dust on it to hopefully improve on the original.Remastering often means a very different thing these days, particularly with re-releases of 'classics'. See "the loudness war" video on YouTube which succinctly explains it all
Indeed it is Steven. Over at the 'hoffers' site they have spent many threads discussing to death that very issue in much more depth than I, or I suspect many here could be bothered with.That's an informative post overkill. As you say though before we even get into the territory of modern fads (for want of a better phrase), the personal preference and competence of the original sound engineer and mixer is a whole topic unto itself
Just to play 's advocate