Am I misunderstanding, or does Katz get ADC and DAC confused in his description of analog clipping at around 6:40?
I agree. I would love for 'more louder' to be implemented on the playback side rather than coded into the music itself. But peak normalization doesn't get you the same 'sound' or 'slam' as compression/limiting/clipping, so i wonder if Katz is being over-optimistic. Alternately, playback devices could include an option to apply dynamic range compression -- this is a common option on AVRs now, intended mainly for movie soundtracks.
Thanks for chiming in, Bob; a pleasure to have you aboard. Listening to those two versions of the country artist's master you made was a real eye-opener; even the second one you played back, which was the more open of the two, still sounded quite compressed/rather lifeless for my tastes. It represents everything that is wrong with radio these days, in my mind, and it has certainly spread to consumer playback media as well.This practice is a real shame, and the more people who know about it and stand up against it, the better the music community will be for it. Thank you very much for putting this out.
Maybe it even argues that we should drop down to 8-bit recordings and save some space?
[..]there would be nearly no call for a 24 bit consumer audio format, yes? High resolution clipping...?
To my ears the final master seems to have less bass and more highs. Apart from that they sound quite similar: overcompressed and distorted. I can't hear more dynamic range in the first master.
You're right. GOOD Compression facilities for mobile devices (including car) are needed. A wide range music recording cannot serve all venues at once. The technology is available, so it's only a matter of time and the will to do it. BK