Nine Inch Nails is offering an alternate version of 'Hesitation Marks' just for audiophiles.
Nine Inch Nails is releasing an alternate, softer-sounding version of its new album 'Hesitation Marks.' When did you expect to hear something like that?
The alternately mastered version is meant for audiophiles with high-end audio equipment that can pick up subtle sounds and textures, and will be available as a download for those who buy the original album through the band's website store. Nine Inch Nails announced the news yesterday on Tumblr.
"I believe it was Trent’s idea to master the album two different ways, and to my knowledge it has never been done before," said mastering engineer Tom Baker. "The standard version is 'loud' and more aggressive and has more of a bite or edge to the sound with a tighter low end.
"The Audiophile Mastered Version highlights the mixes as they are without compromising the dynamics and low end, and not being concerned about how 'loud' the album would be. The goal was to simply allow the mixes to retain the spatial relationship between instruments and the robust, grandiose sound."
Because the Audiophile Mastered Version is only available through the NIN website, it is likely to steer more profits toward the band instead of, say, third party distributors, like iTunes, where the album is currently streaming in its entirety ahead of its September 3 release.