Does Horch House do any kind of remastering during the copying process?
Absolutely not! Why mess with the best? The whole point of what we do lies in capturing the magic of the original analogue master tape in its purest, most faithful form possible.
‘Remastering’ can be compared to using computer software to edit an original photograph. The benefits are that you can remove unwanted marks or noise, clean things up, remove distortion and boost clarity. The downside is that in doing so, you often lose the natural essence of the original and the result can seem rather synthetic, lacking in real life character.
The unfortunate fact is that tapes, like photographs, do tend to age over time, and most analogue masters are now between 30-80+ years old.
So what we undertake a painstaking ‘soft refurbishing’ process, which is key to recapturing the original quality of a master tape.