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 Post subject: "Loudness War" or why modern CDs sound so bad.
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:27 pm 
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Here are some YouTube videos I stumbled on recently.
They're about how in the last 15 years music is produced to sound louder with the effect of loosing dynamic range.
I'm not an audiophile, but I have to admit that for a while, most of the time music tends to be tiresome rather than relaxing. Or maybe it's just me getting old *g*

Why Modern CD's Sound So Bad:


Loudness War:


Audio: What is loudness? Hypercompression, R128 Loudness Meassurement and normalisation explained:


Bob Katz - Loudness: War & Peace:


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 Post subject: Re: "Loudness War" or why modern CDs sound so bad.
 Post Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:33 am 
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And that's the reason, why I'm buying vinyl.

Check this out:



Btw, since every kind of music is recorded digital, music has really lost its dynamic.
Makes me a little bit sad! :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: "Loudness War" or why modern CDs sound so bad.
 Post Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:45 pm 
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But the absurdity is that it's not a medium limitation, it's a (un)sound editing decision.

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Top: mp3 ripped from a CD bought in the 90s (song "Kids of the century")
Bottom: mp3 ripped from a modern CD (song "Unisonic")

Hail to the the fine peaks on "Kids of the century", that's Ingo! \m/


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 Post subject: Re: "Loudness War" or why modern CDs sound so bad.
 Post Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:34 pm 
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Now producers max out the volume of the songs.
- Sometimes the remasters are not so good due this loss of dynamic range.

My problem is that the lowest volume is now sometimes too loud for me, specially at night: When I listen to music with good headphones I sometimes use volume reducers. I don't like to listen music at the same volume as I am in a concert. I don't think it is healthy.

I am not audiophile neither. I just want to preserve my hearing as long as possible.
I am 30, listening to metal since 15, and I don't have tinnitus, despite I went to very loud concerts, like one of Iron Maiden at A Coruña, around 140db.

What I want to highlight is that this way of producing new music is promoting new generations to use unhealthy volumes on headphones.


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 Post subject: Re: "Loudness War" or why modern CDs sound so bad.
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:40 am 
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People have to wake up and realize that this is a serious war!


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