Questions on "loudness wars" and/or bad CD engineering - doing a FLAClibrary 2018-05-22 21:37:37 tiny bit of background: I used to listen to MP3's for convenience, but rejected them, and listening to music entirely due to wearying artifactsI recently used MediaMonkey & Mp3Tag to re-rip all my CDs to FLAC, and I'm still hearing TWO (what I perceive to be) different artifacts (in some albums) that I am interpreting as having been introduced in the engineering phase. One is general "noisiness" -- the worst offender I've found being "The Killers" (any album!), and the other seems to be a selective attenuation of A TRACK in the mix in order to "make room" for another -- usually a bass track.I have been looking for an audio analyzer that would show music with the x axis being time (as it goes by), the y axis being frequency (high at the front to low at the back) and z being amplitude or volume. I think this would show a held chord or note being dropped a split second BEFORE a bass note hits -- the sort of thing that might be done with a cheap DSP in a purpose-build "Arduino" sort of product.I've read the term "pump" being used here and elsewhere and it certainly describes the gawd-awful artifact that I find so irritating, but I don't know enough of the vocabulary to identify it in a way others readily understand.Is there a primer on the common vocabulary used for this stuff?Is there a free or affordable audio analyzer that would use the x-y-z axis presentation I described?Are these artifacts real, or are they in my head? Thanks for your patience!