the only other Mars Volta album I could think to remaster would be Amputechture for sure.
Jon Theodore was way too quiet on amp.
a remaster wouldn't fix that. you're thinking of a remix.
amp is mastered fine. only album not mastered well is noct
What is exactly the difference? I understand the mixing process involves changing the volumes and how predominant each instrument or sound is, am I right?
What is mastering then?
I may be wrong, but my understanding is
Mixing is assembling the parts to form the whole track and all that is involved there
Master is tweaking the whole track itself.
In this day and age mastering means compressing the living fuck out of everything so it sound SUPER LOUDDDDDD
That's more or less accurate. When songs are recorded you typically have between 8 and 50 tracks for all the parts (guitar 1, guitar 2, bass, vocals, etc etc) which are then mixed appropriately. So if you want one guitar faint in the background you mix it lower, vocals to be more prominent you mix them higher, and so on. Once that's all done you have your mix, you take that and you proceed to master it, which essentially makes the volume of the song appropriate relative to its peers. So when you make a playlist with music by The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Katy Perry, everything is pretty much consistent in terms of volume and you don't have to screw around with your volume dial every time you change songs or albums.
That's why when you listen to an old master of a band like The Rolling Stones, it's much more quiet than a 2012 release like Noctourniquet. This is due to the Loudness Wars which I'm sure most of us have heard of, which is basically the result of everything being mastered really loudly these days. Don't know why the fuck that is, but it ruins audio quality so most everything sounds like shit.
If you want to hear great recordings, Rage Against The Machine was mixed and mastered to audiophile standards, and Loveless by My Bloody Valentine has a very quiet master and is of great quality.