Dynamic Range Day 2012 – March 16th – NO MORE Loudness War!!!
Dynamic Range Day is an annual event with the goal of bringing awareness to the “Loudness War” that is being waged in the music industry today.
The Dynamic Range Day site describes the Loudness War as “… a sonic ‘arms race’ where every artist and label feel they need to crush their music onto CD at the highest possible level, for fear of not being ‘competitive’ – and in the process removing all the contrast, all the light, shade and depth – ruining the sound.”
The organizers and supporters of the movement are challenging audio engineers to commit to keeping at least an 8db dynamic range in all of their recordings, mixes and masters to combat this trend.
The organizers have also written an open letter to the music industry arguing their position.
Focal Press author and legendary audio mastering engineer Bob Katz is also a vocal supporter of the opposition to the Loudness War and has been battling the music industry from within in regards to this issue.
The following video by Bob Katz does a great job of explaining what the Loudness War is and how it came about in the first place.
For more information and for ways you can show your support visit the Dynamic Range Day website.