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    EMPIRE STRIKES BACK "Imperial Audiophile Edition" - 2012 Update

    UPDATE 2015.22.02: I am not sharing the links anymore due to lack of time to properly do it.
    DO NOT ASK FOR THE LINKS ON THIS THREAD ANYMORE.
    You can find an active link in great's thread by Marth: [Hidden link. Register to see links.]

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    I know, I know! There's already 158437 versions/remasters/editions/mixes of the Star Wars films, and specifically of ESB, the best film and score of all the saga (if you don't agree please go visit your doctor XD), but... this is the best one! So take it or shut up! XD

    Do you remember the "Imperial Audiophile Edition" created by ABC at [Hidden link. Register to see links.]? This is a recent revision that surpases that wonderful work! ABC has been working on it, based on the AE because he felt the IAE could be improved... So now he has finished a 2012 version that surpases his previous works and let me shared here with you. The technical stuff is better explained by him than me nooby:

    THE EMPIRE STRIKES STRIKES Imperial "Audiophile" Edition - 2012 Update

    the previous uploaded version of the IAE has not been such an improvement at all next to the older AE ("Audiophile" Edition)... but rather a mess.

    The choice for a slightly warmer and less aggressive sound was good but the way it has been done wasn't... Mainly:

    1) A badly set DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) can really spoil such a work.
    2) The new equalizations lacked of subtlety, mostly weakening the sound and its range.
    3) The further balance corrections/compensations were not necessary and often weakened the dynamics too.
    4) The few speed & pitch corrections previously done in 16-Bit, and without real time dithering messed up the tone of the tracks.

    ... plus, a few mistakes, like an unspotted wrong speed (Yoda's Entrance), a wrong one (Mynock Cave, OST part - that had to be left untouched, instead of owing on the SE wich has an altered speed on this part), or ones to be done with more precision (Duel/Clash Of Lighsabers) are other details that diserved a closer attention.

    Listing all the improvements and corrections finally brought to this new Set would be too much useless informations. Just rest assured it has been much more correctly processed back from the AE material. Only the very first track have been taken back from the earlier OE3 (Optimum Ed.), the only track to be here slightly clipped on a few fractions of a second but still the best version I ever made of this one.

    Many tracks have been now processed in 24-Bit to preserve the quality, many of the new equalisations on the session transfers have been revised more subtlely, the stereo is back to the AE version for the OST and overlayed mixes overall, and revisiting many noticeable cuts from the sources the editing is now as perfect as it can be done from these.

    One track is worth mentioning for it's new editing on Set 2: Swamps Of Dagobah (Crash Landing). It's still complete but has now the film timing break at around 2'00", and I suspect the teams who worked on either the Anthology or the SE edited it merged without the silence just because they couldn't know it. I may mistake, but remember I have been sent the complete hand-written cue sheets from J Williams and that cue was missing...! It makes much more sense with that short silence in place.

    Otherwise, the Arts remain untouched, tracklists are the same.

    Purpose of the different sets:

    - SET 1: The Complete Cue Archival Collection, for "completists".
    - SET 2: The Original Score, as written for the film, with film timing suites (not film editing).
    - SET 3: The Original Album, restored and completed, gathering all the highest range OST/overlayed mixes.

    - SET 3 Bonus: The Imperial Edition DVD (not updated), the Original Score reconstructed and completed against the motion picture.

    ABC
    If you've any technical questions... sorry but I can't help But I think you could first read all the OT thread and the wonderful liner notes created for these sets.

    I'm gonna send links for all the three sets to the people interested. SO PLEASE POST IN THIS THREAD IF YOU'RE INTERESTED!
    Do whatever you want with them, share them, burn it, listen them, ... use them as a present for the next father's day, or simply don't download them if you are good with what you have! Although I'd prefer if you don't publish them openly, cause it's better for everyone if they stand for some months instead of days XD

    Huge THANKS to ABC for this amazing of one of my favourite scores ever (if not the best)!
    Last edited by jacksbrain; 02-22-2015 at 11:12 AM. Reason: update on links
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    Most interested!

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    I am very interested!

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    Im also very interested!

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    I am very much interested please!

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    Yes please, I'd love links.

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    YES, PLEASE!!

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    I'm interested, thanks

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    Would happily give this a listen, thank you for your hard work on this!

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    Ohhh, hell yes, I'm interested. Thank you!

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    ..very interested in this set....

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    Oh my yes, please!

    I'm most interested!

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    I am interested! Thank you ...

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    Being this is my favorite Star Wars film, Hell to the yes!!!!

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    I am very interested. thanks in advance !

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    I'm interested as well.

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    ok guys, everybody has a PM already.
    I'm gonna be out, since I've a very important thing to do (sleeping), so if anybody wants to send the PM to those interested, that would be great XD
    If not...well, I'll wake up someday! XD

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    I'm on board too with this.
    This is my impossible-to-fulfil sessions Wishlist.

    -Digimon: The Movie (Harpaz/Plessner)
    -Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
    -Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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    -Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban
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    I'd like to take a listen! Thanks in advance.

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    Hell ya, Im intersted.




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    Yes please my interest has been piqued!!!

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    After all the discussion, I'm most interested in hearing the results.

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