The original was just a
"harshly" mastered, in my opinion. It also has several "peaks" which
result in "flattening" the waveforms in many places. Overall, it was
mixed well, but the final process created very "clipped" and peaked out
files. Certain passages sometimes strike me as "harsh" to the ears,
even though I still very much enjoy the music.
There was not much that could be done to "undo" the final versions of
these songs. What was done, was solely an attempt to make the album a
little less "harsh."
The first step in the process was to restore as much dynamic range as
possible to the original waveforms. After that, a multi-step process of
removing many peaks was done. Finally, after the audio was as "clean"
as I could get it, a slight re-equalization was applied to reduce the
highs as well as an attempt to balance the lower midrange. After
all changes were made, a final "mastering" was then performed, to
smooth everything out, and to liven it back up.
You may or may not notice any difference. You may or may not enjoy the
changes that were made. Again, this was done solely for my own
listening, but I've decided to share this rendition. The
original album (in mp3 format) is available for download here.
Here's a quick screenshot of the differences in the song "Fair." The
original is on the left, and the "remaster" is on the right: