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    Happy Dynamic Range Day!

    So, there's a campaign to spread the awareness of the detrimental effects of the Loudness War, and I thought I'd do my part by posting about it here.

    It's interesting, as well as discouraging, to see the tendency to keep making records louder spill into home recording/production as well, where there are no insecure executives demanding hotter overall levels. I know that a few of you who are working on albums (some faster than others ), and I'd like to encourage you to not completely smash your tracks with compression and limiting, as seems to be the norm these days. I'm certainly committed to it when it comes to my own music.

    Everyone knows how to use a volume knob to turn the music up if it doesn't come out loud enough. But there's no way to restore the dynamics once you take them away. In the worst case, you end up with a fatiguing listening experience and audible distortion. The good news is that there's absolutely no reason to do that.

    Cheers -- and here's some old Metallica with a whoppin' dynamic range rating of 12. You know it's rockin' this way.
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    I've been seeing the trend of not mastering to loud happen in the last 2-3 years.
    I don't mind loud mixes as long as it doesn't sound like a total shit fest.

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    Lies. Louder is better.
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    I'm not quite as evangelical as you are on this one, Thomas, but I'm definitely a proponent of a balanced mix with lots of dynamics. I'm fortunate in that the instrumental rock world isn't super smashed anyway, but when I have my album mastered I'll definitely be erring on the side of punch and "breath" and not on maximum DB.
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