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Good lesson for some peeps who believe that the whole track should be maximum loudness.
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yea, well that's life, louder is louder. i try to throw in some quiter parts or even silence, and it helps make loudness. but then people will complain it wasn't balls-to-the-wall loud non-stop.

to be honest, back int eh day if you have an awsome sound systnem you can turn it up to fucking 4 and it would be ear bleeding loud.

now the fucking kids listen to it on an iPod that barly has the wattage to give it out at half the fucking volume to even hear the crappy music because they give the msot inadiquet ear pieces that block out no sound and leak most of the sound.

so either you make a mini pre-amp for your headhpones, or you mix your music balls-to-0the-wall LOUD. which is PREFFERED, unless you're some sort of music audiophile, in which case, i cater to the lowest common denominator. most people will listent o music on portable then on a good high-fi stero. fuck it's an mp3, it's gunna sound like shit anyways.

that song was the fucking Paul McCartny. it was probably recorded on a fucking record!!!! who the fuck plays records,DJ's? and what level of volume do they go for? set the speakers on fire?! yea, so no need to ahve the "dynamics" there!!!

basicly, these arguments are from old people. kids now and days WANT the music to be likes this,a nd do not give a a fuck. it's harder to make amix that sounds good and balls-to-the-wall then to amke a mix like the old days. louder is better, it is more compatable with mroe siuations.

when you're in the care and listening to the radio they have a big multi-band-compressor do that exact thing he's complaing to every song, this si why you don't even care, and why listneing to the radio is so good, becasue it makes even thoes shitty as quit songs from the 70's be loud like nomrla muisc now and days.

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People will complain, no matter what.

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yea, well that's life, louder is louder. i try to throw in some quiter parts or even silence, and it helps make loudness. but then people will complain it wasn't balls-to-the-wall loud non-stop.

to be honest, back int eh day if you have an awsome sound systnem you can turn it up to fucking 4 and it would be ear bleeding loud.

now the fucking kids listen to it on an iPod that barly has the wattage to give it out at half the fucking volume to even hear the crappy music because they give the msot inadiquet ear pieces that block out no sound and leak most of the sound.

so either you make a mini pre-amp for your headhpones, or you mix your music balls-to-0the-wall LOUD. which is PREFFERED, unless you're some sort of music audiophile, in which case, i cater to the lowest common denominator. most people will listent o music on portable then on a good high-fi stero. fuck it's an mp3, it's gunna sound like shit anyways.

that song was the fucking Paul McCartny. it was probably recorded on a fucking record!!!! who the fuck plays records,DJ's? and what level of volume do they go for? set the speakers on fire?! yea, so no need to ahve the "dynamics" there!!!

basicly, these arguments are from old people. kids now and days WANT the music to be likes this,a nd do not give a a fuck. it's harder to make amix that sounds good and balls-to-the-wall then to amke a mix like the old days. louder is better, it is more compatable with mroe siuations.

when you're in the care and listening to the radio they have a big multi-band-compressor do that exact thing he's complaing to every song, this si why you don't even care, and why listneing to the radio is so good, becasue it makes even thoes shitty as quit songs from the 70's be loud like nomrla muisc now and days.


at first i thought you were laughing with yourself pissin people off in general, but seems you actually ARE completely crazy Smile hehe

well, although i strongly strongly oppose to the argument of "why do otherwise if that's what today's audience wants"
sadly enough you are very right about so much all the rest, mp3's sound like fucking shit on a stick, everything on the radio's has been compressed as if it was a piece of nepalese hasj, and then hard limited to a straight level, and it sounds like absolute crap

but i don't believe music should be made and then especially not mixed in a certain way because the people want it so ...

the people should always listen to what an artist has to make and do, and i also talk purely about sound and dynamics
loudness is one, but dynamics are another
and idd nowadays there's so much 'overkill' and oversampling going on that nobody notices anymore the difference between a fine very dynamic great sounding track and an overkilled track with all the drums peaking out, which is what they call 'well mixed" or a 'good sound'
fuck that ...
if i go on i start ranting about people and their horrible taste and ears ... so i won't

but yeah ... it's a sad sad planet

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its a matter of personal taste imo. i dont like overlimited tunes at all

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its a matter of personal taste imo.


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it's not jazz, that needs dynamics,a dn even to this day is probably one fo the few finer music that allow quit ont eh radio. if you're in a rock band, or doing dnb for club music, FUCK dynamics. this is fucking drum and bass, not duke elingtons sextet. you want it to Rinse . it sounds better loud, and the louder you cna get it the bette it sounds.

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Yeah, but you can always turn the volume knob louder - but there isn't any 'headroom' knob to set your desired dynamics of the tune.

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another thing about mp3's is when it gets quiet there is more garbble that comes up unless you use VBR.. CBR rounds it off and gives you some horrible sounding trash, if played loud enough on quality speakers. but by mashing it abaove that the louder you can the less you'll notice this ugliness that happens "in the siiiiiiiiilence".

can anyone show an example of nice dynamics in a dnb tune that is not a jazz/funk/soul tune Big Grin you'd have to look at the track itself to even know if it was going or not.

you don't notice it, unless you have some big cash speakers.

but honestly anyone know of a nice darkstep taht had good dynamics.

the easiest way to get good dynamics is just you a half time part with very minimul, probably not mcuh bass, or just have total silence. get nice dynamics for loudness, but clarity is something i dunno, i always have that issues with getting good clarity in tracks. less is more.

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Dunno, I always thought Fallin by Raiden has good dynamics. Maybe I'm mistaken.

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another thing about mp3's is when it gets quiet there is more garbble that comes up unless you use VBR.. CBR rounds it off and gives you some horrible sounding trash, if played loud enough on quality speakers. but by mashing it abaove that the louder you can the less you'll notice this ugliness that happens "in the siiiiiiiiilence".

can anyone show an example of nice dynamics in a dnb tune that is not a jazz/funk/soul tune Big Grin you'd have to look at the track itself to even know if it was going or not.

you don't notice it, unless you have some big cash speakers.

but honestly anyone know of a nice darkstep taht had good dynamics.

the easiest way to get good dynamics is just you a half time part with very minimul, probably not mcuh bass, or just have total silence. get nice dynamics for loudness, but clarity is something i dunno, i always have that issues with getting good clarity in tracks. less is more.

man you gotta start learning english one of these days Big Grin

for examples, check the whole Dom & Roland, Break, Breakage, paradox, fanu etc etc cataloque
all very hard, very dark, and VERRRYYY dynamic!

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Dom and Roland - yes.

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It's the eternal problem. I have done a lot of mastering, but never, ever have I encountered a client (artist or label manager producer type) that wanted to go home with a master that is anything less than max volume throughout.

I have given up on trying to convince them that more dynamics sounds better. The problem is that adding more compression gives an instant 'WHOA' feel, it sounds louder so it sounds better right? But not when you listen to it in isolation, then you notice the peaks are squashed, you lose the brilliance, depth and clarity. But try explaining that to a musician or producer.

Often people come to the studio and they bring along their own crappy master which is heavily limited with some crap ass plugin, and they expect, nay DEMAND, my master to be even more compressed.

Since a long time I have grown the habit of starting to compress massively from the start of the session. It gives the client the impression that we are getting somewhere, and that I will not send them home with some kind of wimpy dynamic master.

Sad but true, people don't want to hear any dynamics anymore.

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If you want to hear overcompression in recent big selling commercial tracks:

'Chemical Brothers - Galvanize' (sound clip): those percussion and orchestral hits that should stick out lose their impact completely, and the overall sound is horribly squashed

'Gwen Stefani - Rich Girl' (sound clip): a very minimal mix, would lean itself perfectly to a dynamic master, but no, it's so overcompressed that the drums are distorted and you can hear where some of the vocal edits end since their natural tail off is pumped up so much.

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some of gwens tracks will actually CLIP on players, that goes against EVERYTHING mastering is suppose to do! all for the sake of loudness!

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If you want to hear overcompression in recent big selling commercial tracks:

'Chemical Brothers - Galvanize' (sound clip): those percussion and orchestral hits that should stick out lose their impact completely, and the overall sound is horribly squashed

'Gwen Stefani - Rich Girl' (sound clip): a very minimal mix, would lean itself perfectly to a dynamic master, but no, it's so overcompressed that the drums are distorted and you can hear where some of the vocal edits end since their natural tail off is pumped up so much.


ok, the Chemical thing I can hear, the Stefani drums being distorted I can hear too, but it doesn't bother me. But the tail off's of the vocal ???? Did you listen to that clip only or do you have a more full version because I could not hear it.

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galvanize is bad idd,
agree with the overdone standards of today, everything sounds sounds big but flat.
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ok, the Chemical thing I can hear, the Stefani drums being distorted I can hear too, but it doesn't bother me. But the tail off's of the vocal ???? Did you listen to that clip only or do you have a more full version because I could not hear it.

Yeah I have the full version here, it's probably not in the clip.
The distortion on the drums is really bothersome when you play it loud or on good speakers. I once had to edit this song for a TV show and after half an hour of finding out what was wrong with my setup it dawned on me that it was the CD itself that was causing the distortion Roll Eyes

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