- From: "djb" <djb _at_ 12semitones.com>
- Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 07:34:08 +0100
What is the problem with your soundcard?
"Gill Smith" <gill.smith.999@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:6sudnaxwz7Hhn33TnZ2dnUVZ8h2dnZ2d@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
"djb" <djb _at_ 12semitones.com> wrote in message news:253be$4ede73b0$53566bcf$12033@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxGill
Once upon a time - recording engineers did all they could
to preserve dynamic-range, whist also trying to be louder
than the noise floor. (hiss, crackle, hum..etc..)
If you can find a vinyl recording of Edward Elgar's Enigma
Variations.. listen particularly to "Nimrod".. the first few
phrases are almost lost in the noise, but the loud parts can
almost make the needle jump out of the groove.....
Digital really did wonders for Nimrod....
(Hans Zimmer borrows it now and then..... )
Time passed.... and recording equipment became so good
that there was no hiss anymore, but "engineers" in "mastering
houses" decided that everything had to be "LOUD"..... no
dynamic range - no difference between what sounds quiet
and what sounds loud..... Quiet seemed to mean "weak".
In the same way that a painter applies his art to a blank canvas
.. musicians and composers apply there art to *silence*... and
part of the interest which music has, is "the space between the
notes" the listener being reminded that if everyone stops playing
... there will be silence again....
There's a "turn me up" campaign http://turnmeup.org/press.shtml
which will actually certify your music as having a reasonable
The fact is that 'modern' TV and radio "audio engineers" are only
interested in keeping a ppm or vu meter in the same place, so
that listeners don't complain that the music is louder than the DJ
- or vice-versa - depending what they're listening with...
The "loudness" war has seen "engineers" (with concrete ears)
tampering with recordings of say, Michael Jackson... such that
"Black or White" has had it's dynamic range reduced in successive
CD releases..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war
Anyway - for absolutely no reason except that it's Tuesday - here's
an example of how 'transparent music' can let the sounds of a
truck through .... A garbage truck, emptying containers - here
in The Hague http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEHVEePHbZw
Long live dynamic-range!
no chanceof my taking part in any loudness war
leastways not 'til I upgrade my soundcard
p.s. nice soundtrack to the garbage truck
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