Jote wrote: HunterTech wrote:
feline1973 wrote:if the mastering engineer isn't a total dick.
Which is why vinyl will continue to prevail in sales. Because the mastering engineer continues to remain a dick on digital media.
With the ReplayGain gaining (sic) popularity this might change? I hope so...
By "ReplayGain" I think you're alluding to things similar to the EBU R-128 "loudness normalisation" standard?
(Again, Sound on Sound did a good article on this - I linked to it about 20 pages back in this thread http://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/end-loudness-war
Basically, I'm amazed that any professional mastering engineer is still churning out squashed crap like Dadwater, because due to EBU R-128, pretty much *EVERY* broadcast or streaming medium now (radio, television, Spotify, YouTube, Google Play, etc etc - and most hardware MP3 players as well) all use "loudness normalisation" to basically make everything they play the same subjective loudness level. So you CAN'T master a track to make it sound "really loud", as it just gets turned down when played, and so just sounds crap (lacking in dynamics).