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Reply #25
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System of a Down ?!

You are better off listening to 60 minutes of white/pink/brown noise, than listening to an album by them !
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Now, that was constructive critisism.

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Reply #26
<criticism>
System of a Down ?!

You are better off listening to 60 minutes of white/pink/brown noise, than listening to an album by them !
</criticism>


If you want to argue about taste (especially on such a low level), you're on the wrong forum. On HA, people want to share technical knowledge and get advice from experienced users. If you want to insult someone and start a fanboy war, you're wrong here.

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Reply #27

Sadly, System of a Down is not just another victim. Their cds always have been badly compressed. Thank to Rick Rubin.

I doubt you can blame Rick for that. Listen to the Johnny Cash CDs, they are mastered just fine.

I'm a massive fan of American IV, brilliant album. But, the album is not mastered fine.
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Reply #28
Why do they want louder?  Can't you just turn your stereo up more if you want it louder?  I've noticed it too, and even on my 128kpbs AAC songs ripped by itunes I can tell the difference between some older cds and newer ones, the older ones are quieter but alot of the time they sound better.

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Reply #29
Why do they want louder?  Can't you just turn your stereo up more if you want it louder?  I've noticed it too, and even on my 128kpbs AAC songs ripped by itunes I can tell the difference between some older cds and newer ones, the older ones are quieter but alot of the time they sound better.


The reason they want louder is because some moronic marketing people with the major record labels believe that it is important for their song to sound louder on the radio than all of the other songs they are competing with.  There was/is even such a thing known as "The Budweiser Effect", which at one time meant that factory/oem car stereos were designed to clip and distort near max volume.  The logic being that after enough Budweisers, it wouldn't sound loud unless it was distorted.

I couldn't make this stuff up, even if I wanted to.
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Reply #30
People shouldn't even be in their cars if they're that inebriated...  Plus, I would think most radio stations would have an equalizer so that their signal sounds constant.  And since when is loudness a measure of popularity on the radio? Just shows that all the brains are in the bottom end of the companies, (The artists and Sound Engineers) the presidents and CEOs are morons sometimes.

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Reply #31
Yikes.  I've been telling myself, "maybe if I upgrade my headphones this strange rattling will go away", but it seems it's a mastering problem. 

Off-topic:  Woohoo, this is my first post (been lurking) - Hi to everyone out there on the internets!

 

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Reply #32
Why do they want louder?  Can't you just turn your stereo up more if you want it louder?  I've noticed it too, and even on my 128kpbs AAC songs ripped by itunes I can tell the difference between some older cds and newer ones, the older ones are quieter but alot of the time they sound better.



If the source file has a very high average level it will stand out more. It also gives the impression of more power an impact on an inexpensive stereo (which is what most people own).

Compression is used to reduce the peaks in a signal (such as the attack of a kick drum) so the signal level as a whole can be raised. Used properly it can bring out low level details that would otherwise be lost to the noise floor and make the sound fuller and punchier. It's also very easy to overuse.

Some older CDs do sound great, but in many cases a too-low average level means you're losing resolution. It's all about finding the happy medium. Take a look at the Peter Gabriel remasters vs. the originals and you'll see what I mean: sure the new ones are louder, but they maintain their impact and improve the bass reproduction dramatically.

 
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