Wednesday, July 15, 2009
If you've read this blog with any regularity, you've probably heard me bitch about the Loudness War, or the practice of bands and record companies pushing for louder and louder masters in the interest of being louder than their competition. The problem with this is that to achieve this end, you basically have to squeeze all of the dynamics out of it which, aside from sounding crappy, also fatigues the listener's ears. I've often wondered if this might be part of why people don't buy music like they used to - listening to all of this over-cooked audio is tiring out their ears and as a result, they don't listen to as much as they used to.
Anyway, there's an interesting article over on RecordProducer.com demonstrating another reason over-compressing your music to the point of clipping is bad: you're adding clicks and other artifacts to your audio.