Impressed with myself

So recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Streetlight Manifesto and the earlier projects of their singer Tomas Kalnoky.

Tomas was the original singer / writer for the uber popular ska act, Catch 22, most notably on their ‘Keasbey Nights’ album which many will argue to be Catch’s best (or only good) album. Well back before Catch, in like 1995 Tomas was in a ‘punk’ band entitled: Gimp.

After Gimp disbanded one song by Tomas on their album, ‘Supernothing,’ was reworked from a slow ’emo’ esq acoustic song, to a faster more upbeat version that appears on Keasbey Nights. The original really has it’s own merits as a version for being so different and is actually a favorite among many of their fans. Sadly the only copies of this album out on the internet sound like shit as they’ve been taken from tape recordings that it seems were never really good quality to begin with.

Tonight I had a bit of free time and I was playing around with Soundtrack Pro for the first time and decided to throw Supernothing into the program to play with and to see if I could do anything about the quality. I was surprised with the results. I managed to correct the volume problems and remove almost all the tape hiss / noise that was crapping up the song. I’m impressed with Soundtrack and how easy it actually was to do without distorting the audio in the song, and that someone like myself who is virtually tone deaf could manage to do something with it in a matter of minutes.

Anyway I’ll let you be the judge of my work.

You can checkout the original here:

And my cleaned up version:

The immediate difference is subtle but really evident at loud volumes, through a car stereo or headphones. The original has a strong annoying hiss from the tape and is recorded at a lower volume. Using soundtrack I managed to clean up all the hiss / noise and boost the volume to that of a normal recording which in my opinion makes it vastly more listen-able than before. I’m debating doing more of this type of thing with some other projects, including ‘Rules of the Game’ Catch 22’s pre Keasbey demo that is also only on tape, but I’d like some feedback on how people think this sounds first.

5 Replies to “Impressed with myself”

  1. I think it sounds awesome. You would totally be my hero if you just re mastered Better Than You!

    Thanks for this,

  2. the link to the original recording doesn’t work anymore. Do you know another site to find this and other gimp recordings?

  3. All I can say is after spendin a day on the net tryin to find Smiles for Macavity on either tape ( as in for sale) or to be downloaded i’m left totally confused (mostly because i cnat understand torrents even tho they hyave been explained many times to me) and in my personal opion after hearin supernothing i think you should re-master the entire album and let it be downloaded on ur site :D. Let me know if u do cos i really want the album to finish off my Kalnoky Kollection.

    And finish by saying try listenin to Alone in the crowd again and u’ll find its an amazing album! and that the orginal supernothing is not emo in anyway and to say it is, is an insult for the Ska roots that Mr. Kalnoky believes in.

    i thank u

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