Nine Inch Nails to offer two different masters of new album

'Hesitation Marks' will be available in 'loud' and 'audiophile' versions

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[a]Nine Inch Nails[a]' new album 'Hesitation Marks' will be available in two different versions.

In a blog post added to the band's Tumblr yesterday (August 28), it is revealed that the album was mastered in two different ways: a standard, "loud" master, available on CD, iTunes and elsewhere, and an "audiophile" mastering available only to those purchasing any version of the album through the band's website.

The post explains that the average listener might not notice the difference: "For the majority of people, the standard version will be preferable and differences will be difficult to detect," it says. "Audiophiles with high-end equipment and an understanding of the mastering process might prefer the alternate version."

Alan Moulder, who mixed the album, explains: "The biggest issue in mastering these days tends to be how loud can you make your record. It is a fact that when listening back-to-back, loud records will come across more impressively, although in the long run what you sacrifice for that level can be quality and fidelity. So after much discussion we decided to go with two versions… The Audiophile Mastered Version is more true to how the mixes sounded to us in the studio when we were working on the songs. Have a listen, turn up the volume and enjoy the experience!"

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