Dynamic Range Day 2012 – March 16th – NO MORE Loudness War!!!

   By Sloane   Categories: Mastering AudioMixing TechniquesRecording

 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.

 

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  • Sven said on Mar 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Thank you for your insightful video, I am currently in the process of mastering my own record and I just don’t know what to do. The mastertape has no compression and limiting at all and I love the sound of it. However, everyone say it’s not loud enough. In maastering I applied HF boost, compression and peak limiting, and now people say it sounds great. Except it doesn’t, it sounds awful, but it does sound like a typical pop record of our day and I’m wondering -do I hardmaster to please the sensibilities of my audience, or do I master it softly and preserve the dynamic range -to please my own sensibilities? The singer even suggested we make two CD’s -so people can choose which one they like for themselves. I don’t expect you to answer but the situation does make me feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I want the best sound, not the loudest sound, but I also want to compete in the marketplace… -I feel the loudnesswar is doing terrible things to recorded music these days.

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