March 6th, 2012 at 10:42 pm by admin

In support of preserving Dynamic Range we wanted to shed some light and spread awareness on the so called “Loudness War.” Is it real? The answer is very much yes, and the music industry is suffering because of it.

The Loudness War is a sonic “arms race” where every artist and label feel they need to crush their music onto CD at the highest possible level, for fear of not being “competitive” – and in the process removing all the contrast, all the light, shade and depth – ruining the sound. Literally.

Some clients insist that we pump up the volume of their songs. This gives the impression that it sounds better because it’s louder, but the truth is that a piece of music becomes lifeless if the dynamics are lost or not preserved.

The vast majority of people DON’T LIKE the effects of the Loudness War. It can be damaging to your ears, and can cause you to turn the music off or change the song as a result of a track that has poor dynamic range.

You’re in control of the volume knob. The goal is to start getting people to turn the volume up on their listening devices instead of having a very loud song with no dynamic range.

Here is a video example our friend Ian from made to explain the differences in good and bad dynamic range. If you would like to get involved and help support the cause, visit and help spread the word.

3 Responses to “Dynamic Range Day 2012”

  1. Hosein says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for pointing us to Ian Shepherd! I went to Ian’s blogs and sueriscbbd to both. I have just spent the last 30 minutes enjoying his postings; I expect that I will enjoy learning a whole lot about mixing and mastering from him.What a great time to be a home recorder!PS I SIGNED UP FOR DRD ON FACEBOOK, TOO!

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