Mastering is tricky business; there are so many options, and such fine balances to weigh, that it’s never a straightforward proposition. That being so, the final dynamics of the music I work with is always my top concern. If the final master is too crushed, loud, and flat, or (on the other side of the spectrum) perceived as too soft relative to other music that listeners are likely to hear, nothing else I do is going to make up for it; it won’t be an enjoyable listen.
Toward that end, from the Production Advice blog:
Dynamic Range Day is March 20th, 2010
Join us in a day of protest against the CD “Loudness Wars” – more info below
- Show your support – check out the Facebook Event and RSVP to say you’ll “attend”
- It’s easy to take part – just SHOUT (type in all caps) ALL DAY, EVERYWHERE !
- And when people ask, tell them why you’re shouting
- Add a Dynamic Range Day Banner to your website or blog
- Use the Twitter hashtag #DYNAMICRANGEDAY
Read the full story here: Dynamic Range Day – The Idea
- 05/03/10 Over 1200 guests confirmed to the Facebook already – and climbing
- 25/02/10 Dynamic Range Day Banners available for download
- 25/02/10 TurnMeUp.org adds a Dynamic Range Day banner to their front page…
What are the “Loudness Wars” ?
Music is getting louder, and sounding worse.
Engineers and artists are using modern technology to push the average level of recorded music up and up and up against the “brick wall” maximum level of the CD format.
This results in distortion, lack of punch and a flat, two-dimensional, lifeless sound …