How do I test / measure the quality of Dynamic range compressed audio ? Are there any standards , or general test procedures .
You can use the Dynamic Range Meter for foobar2000.
PS: Anyone up for a little DR guessing game?How do you think does this track fare?I was a bit surprised...
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I did read someplace (and sadly I do not remember where) that on average a humans prefer music to be within a 30dB range, not sure if this means 30dB headroom, or if it means a RMS of +/- 15dB (30dB range total, sweet spot being in the middle somewhere?)If the range is larger than 30 then quiet and loud are so far apart that one might feel like reaching for the control at times, but in the other direction, with a too low range (Iggy Pop made a notoriously low dynamic range album) ad it might feel tiring after a while.Your ears prefers some peaks and valleys, flow and ebb of sound. Songs that feel lively but not tiring usually is around your sweet spot (which one would assume varies a little from person to person).
Fasten your seatbelts: DR4, with a -4.3/-4.5 dB RMS average!
Fasten your seatbelts: DR4, with a -4.3/-4.5 dB RMS average! Must've been a SOTA compressor/limiter, and possibly a compression-friendly mix to boot. The end result certainly isn't hard on the ears, which is quite the feat at DR4.
Quote from: stephan_g on 29 August, 2013, 09:51:30 AMFasten your seatbelts: DR4, with a -4.3/-4.5 dB RMS average! I liked the song, got it off iTunes, and that version measures DR6 with -6,9/-7,6 RMS in average... Maybe you have the CD version? Anyway, thanks for the link.
I think that's more often the case than you think if the singing voice isn't too loud, but rather quiet and spread out like this song. Now try the same with Tegan & Sara.