I urge anyone to at least try out a comparison. Find one of his releases and compare it to a compressed version of the same CD. Match the loudness level via your volume knob on your system to be the same for for each CD preferably with a decibel meter there are free decibel meters available for both iPhone and Android. At the end of the day, we react to what our ears are used to hearing.
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If compressed music is all you listen to then that becomes the norm. If you experience less compressed music more often, then that will become the appreciated norm for you, mind you nowadays most commercially available music is madly compressed. Works great and DR12 is always my goal when mixing. Thanks and best wishes,. But, you can get it to run in bit hosts using something like this ….
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Thanks a lot for the heads up, Ian. I do use AU plugins, though. Like what? After all, it is the genre with the least dynamic range to start with.
Realistically, that 3dB range is characteristic of most heavy metal, which is usually just a bloody racket, not surprising given that its roots are mainly in punk rock e. Sex Pistols etc. But to see the likes of Justin Bieber with such a low dynamic range as 6dB seems ridiculous. I would expect vastly more dynamic range from any of his releases, therefore that is purely down to bad sound mastering and the sound engineer should be fired.
Bad sound mastering is killing music. CD has a dynamic range allowance of over 90dB, so why not make use of it? Even the oldest of the old 78s had a dynamic range of 15dB at least, and technology in those days was very primitive. The microdynamic scale is something different - it is the moving difference between the average loudness level of a recording and the momentary peaks or dips.
It is the macrodynamics which is an unseparable part of enjoyment and listening experience. Not everyone can hear the difference and not everyone can interpret the measurements from different plug-ins or meters that are used by sound engineers. That is why Algorithmix and Pleasurize Music Foundation developed a simple software utility that measures the dynamic range of any recording for us, in a simple and easy way: The TT meter is downloadable from the following links the location may change now and then so if the links do not work properly just seacrh the Pleasurize Music Foundation's web or use Google.
Audiodrom is pleased to be a partner of todays largest online library of the dynamic range DR values. It includes more than 70, ranked CDs, vinyl records and digital downloads, according to their dynamic range. The database of the most dynamic recordings based on DR value. Online form - feel free to add your favourite album. Bring back the dynamics. MJ Master A will have the largest DR score, B will have something less, and C will likely be less still.
Is A the best because it has the biggest DR score? The thing is that the DR score is affected by tonality. If you get a great mastering really faithful and direct from the master tapes, it's going to have a great sound with no stupid EQ. The DR score is going to be smaller and indicate that an audiophile master has less dynamic range than a relatively lousy thin and bright early mastering. So, acceptable level is difficult to pin down. Couple different Genre - as you say like electronic styles - into the mix and the acceptable DR score becomes undefinable.
If an artist makes a track with no dynamic movement, for effect - solid full and fleshed out electronic 'noises', with no kicking beat and no breathing space then it's going to have a low DR score - but it doesn't mean it was badly mastered, it's just that there is little dynamic content in the music. The thinking behind this minimum is that crushing dynamics of 'normal' styles of music any more tends to impact significantly on the sound quality. Of course it is accepted that crushing the dynamics in any way decreases sound quality.
Ian accepts modern electronic styles have even less dynamic content before reaching mastering or a mix bus compressor - they are by their nature not very dynamic.
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Me personally, I would have liked the music industry as whole to have picked a sensible loudness level and released everything at that. This way the end user could swap between CD's or whatever all night long without having to ride the volume control with every new item. We've all got plenty of watts on our amplifiers, and a lot of the time they are barely above the point at which the pot logarithmic properties kick in - that cut off point at low volume when the sound goes from quiet but full to crapola with the tiniest tap on the dial.
Digital has such low noise floors there was never an excuse for it when CD's came out. L , Aug 30, Ham Sandwich likes this.
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Thurenity likes this. Good tool nothing else. I see to many people getting hung up on the number. Stop letting DR be the end all and be all. SQ rules Let your ears and system do the math not the DR meter. Deadwing , Aug 30, You must log in or sign up to reply here. Show Ignored Content. Share This Page. Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? No, create an account now. Yes, my password is: Forgot your password?