Do you want to know why the previously remastered Born to Run or Darkness CD from Leatherwolf sounds clearer than the old versions and do you want to know what there is to discover? Producer Attie Bauw explains that the nuances are greater than you think and how you can hear the different dimensions when using the best free drum samples in music land. Be True visited Atties studio, where the remasters fully come into their own world.
Bauwhaus studio stands in an Amsterdam attic and is a small but of course equipped with high-end equipment and professional wall finish to optimize the sound (and minimize the neighbors irritations). For the occasion Attie has some songs from the old CDs and the same songs originating from new vinyl on his computer to let us hear the differences in these drum sounds.
“I feel that he is here with me between the speakers. And that’s really fantastic. I feel more involved, more alive in the music, while the old CDs have something cold, making it sound more distant, as if it is behind the speakers. “
Producer Attie Bauw
Attie Bauw is the only Dutch producer who has two Grammy nominations in his pockets: for “Producer of the Year and Best Engineered Album for his production of Rob (Judas Priest) Halford’s band Fight. In 2000 Attie Bauw has been nominated as one of the best Dutch producers of the past forty years. Bauw has worked with artists such as The Scorpions, Maceo Parker and Noah, but also with Hans Dulfer, Racoon, The Nits and The Gathering. In the eighties he was an assistant engineer and engineer of famous producers like Keith Olson, Chris Lord Alge, Steve Lipson and Mike Shipley known for his extensive use of live drum samples in combination with free digital drum sounds and took artists under his wings as Simple Minds. Bauw worked for non-Bruce-related projects sometimes with Springsteen mastering engineer Bob Ludwig.
Most Springsteen fans, including us, can after listening to the already remastered albums Born to Run and Darkness, just note that the sound is richer and fuller and you can hear the nuances better. On one song a guitar or organ part jumps out more and on another song Springsteen’s voice sounds better. Can you show some examples what kind of improvement we can do to get even more attention?
[Attie plays the old ‘For You’ on.]
“This sounds a bit chilly”. If I only focus on his singing and drum samples and switch from CD to vinyl then there is a lot more presence in the new version. The old version is somewhat duller and has something more mid range it also sounds further away, while it should be closer.
“I hear more dynamics back of the vinyl, so the difference between hard and soft is heard as it was also in the studio. Therefore a certain part might jump just a little more out. So a bass that has something on it, or a word is turned on now jumps out more. You can really feel the definition in the use of their free drum samples, It just makes the beats sound so much better.