This is what has now been dubbed the "Loudness War" - http://en.wikipedia....ki/Loudness_war
This effects EVERY genre, what's the point in spending hundreds even thousands on good sound equipment if the source sucks?
I bring this up because as a person who loves music, and cares what it sounds like, I want to share this information with you.
Some of you may already know about this phenomenon, but a majority of the population doesn't, myself included up until a few months ago.
Watch this youtube video first:
I'm no audiophile myself, but this video explains the loss of DYNAMIC RANGE. The punch of the snare disappears, they louden up the quiet parts of the song to match the snare's loudness. If you we're to crank the beginning of the video real loud it would sound PERFECT but the end of the video does not.
Why do record companies do this? Similar to extremely loud commercials on TV, when you hear a song on the radio the louder one is supposed to catch your attention, but you are losing tremendous sound quality just because of this cheap marketing scam.
Big difference in punch and clarity eh?
When you look at the audio in a visual like that it looks so absurd, when you think audio you think of those peaks and valleys not a big wall of sound in this loud cuts.
Another great example is this video, comparing the dynamic Guitar Hero tracks (yes the video game) to the ACTUAL CD which is a pile of crap, and you can hear it:
<<<< BEST EXAMPLE
This effects mp3's, CD's, and even new Vinyl LP's. It effects all genres. The record companies think we all want loud garbage quality and don't care. There is nothing wrong with LOUD! the key is YOU have the volume nob, and turning up great quality music sounds amazing! Turning up this loudness crap just cripples your ears.
If you have any CD's or LP's before say 1991 you are generally clear of this. I have G'N'Rs Appetite for Destruction on CD and it is mastered very good. But many CD's I currently own are mastered horribly. Even bands like Metric, who aren't heavy and loud to begin with.
***Another good tip!! Don't assume "Digitally Remastered" means better! I have both copies of Nirvana's first album Bleach on CD. The one released in 1989 and the recent re-release from 2010. Yes believe it or not the 2010 release sounds WORSE!
We need to end this loudness war and GET WHAT WE PAY FOR. Even if you don't pay for music you have to be pissed off, what happened to listening to your favorite music in good quality?
Edited by BurnabyJoe, 17 March 2011 - 06:20 PM.