Sunday, January 16, 2011

Loudness Wars - Are You Guilty??

So, today I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about a major issue going on in the music industry most well known as the "loudness wars". Has everyone forgotten that we all have volume controls and if we want something loud, we can turn it up? Unfortunately when something is pushed too far and distorted or over compressed/limited, you can't turn that back down. I get more tracks that I won't play because they are over processed, than for any other reason. They may have a great vibe to them and an excellent arrangement but when the sound is just smashed to shit, you can hear it even at the most minor volume levels, and into the recycling bin you go. Now I may not be the most versed expert on the subject, so here are some videos to do a better job of breaking it down for you than I ever could. Maybe everyone can learn a little something from these and we'll get some better sounding stuff out there, we can only hope ;)

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