At 7/25/11 10:27 AM, Calamaistr wrote:
Now that its about volume and headphones, what do you guys thing about this:
http://audio.tutsplus.com/articles/gener al/are-the-volume-wars-killing-music-whi ch-side-are-you-on/
(dont just read the first paragraph :P )
I know its not 'news' or anything but id like to know some opinions on it.
There are scenarios when dynamics are more important than loudness, and scenarios when uniformity in loudness is more important than dynamics.
I think that in an album situation, where you can account for the dynamics for all of the tracks, and where the dynamics may be integral to the listening experiance, then loudness really isn't necessary and those dynamics should be preserved.
However, when you can't control what the dyanmics of the next tracks, ie on a radio, and when dyanmics are less important, ie in a club when music is being played loud and you can't percieve dynamics as clearly, then I think uniformity in loudness is pretty important, as to ensure a consistent listening experiance. And the only way to ensure uniformity in loudness is to push each track to it's limit. It's why radio stations have to put a ton of compressors on every single track they play.
Obviously there is a point at which the louder you push a track, the shitter it sounds. It's down to the mixing and mastering engineers to ensure that everything still sounds good.