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3.0 out of 5 stars How to kill nice music using compression!, 26 Jun 2013
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I really like this album and sincerely I admire DP for being able to make this considering their age.

There is absolutely no hint of maturity in its negative sense here. What we get is a great, fun rock album.

I have been an occasional DP listener and I consider this album one of the picks.

More on the album’s content from people who really know their music & history.

I wanted to comment on the album's production though - someone has to bring this issue up:

What are these people in the music industry trying to do?

The sound is way over produced – over equalized. It is also recorder too loud. It makes any decent stereo sound like a boom-box and makes the recording so fatiguing...

Did anyone bother to measure the Dynamic Range of this release?

Let me answer why we SHOULD bother with this (in a plain manner)…

Music is composed of a variety of sounds. Each one of them has a timbre and a level (volume) of its own – in its relatively natural state that is. A piano for example is supposed to sound louder than a human voice or a guitar.

So, in a good recording we should be able to sense this variety of timbre AND volume level.

The effect is a relaxed and natural sound that allows everything to be heard in the appropriate “perspective”.

This “variety” in sound levels is measured by db – decibels and is called the Dynamic Range. The DR of any recording represents how much “room” is depicted in the sound that we hear when we play the recording. In technical terms it measures how much louder is the loudest sound of a recording from the softest sound in it and it is expressed in decibels.

A DR of 14, 12 or even 10 is a good sign for the listener, as it shows that the recording engineer has allowed for both the soft and the loud sounds to be present.
The lower the figure gets, the more the engineer manipulates the sound by making softer sounds louder and loud sounds softer – he is digitally cramming the amplitude of the sound wave into a narrower canal.

So What?

The sound we perceive in a compressed (low dynamic range) is un-natural, distorted, manipulated and less enjoyable.
Why do it? Because it sounds more aggressive, trendy and “louder” the effect produced is often called “loudness” and it suits cheap and bad sounding playback equipment better.

What is the DR of this recording???

A mere 6db.

This is almost as bad as it gets…

Out of curiosity I measured some older DP albums and they show much higher readings up to 11-12 db – more than acceptable.

Given that we pay money to enjoy our music, I consider this practice unacceptable to say the least.

We are forced to buy an inferior sounding product that we may not improve. The process is not reversible.

Please get informed on the topic and stop buying crap.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2014 02:31:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2014 02:31:48 GMT
cougarric says:
some good technical info, but what matters is how good the album is. And it is good
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