Re: Does anyone else sometimes get kind of pissed thinking about the loudness wars? Reply #25 – 2018-08-27 19:49:17 I don't get angry but sometimes I'm disappointed. And, I can't say it's always compression/limiting. Sometimes the band sounds good and I want to like it, but the music isn't doing anything for me emotionally. Maybe more dynamics would help, maybe not. I grew-up with vinyl and when CDs were introduced I expected artists (and producers/engineers) to take advantage of the new dynamic range. The fact that that didn't happen was disappointing too...But overall, I have a lot music and I have a lot of music that I enjoy listening to . I don't have to listen to stuff I don't like. QuoteAs another anecdote, the singer of my old band who did all the mixing and mastering of the stuff that was released felt that the volume level should match Death Magnetic and some Slipknot album. Needless to say this didn't make me happy. That would tend to make me angry! I believe this is what the mass market wants. It's a free market and if all (or most) of the top selling albums were highly-dynamic, everybody would be copying that style. It's copycat business. The new artists want to sound like the stars, and the engineers & producers want to use the same microphone & preamp as the Grammy winners, etc.