Angry_Games Posted August 15, 2007 Posted August 15, 2007 This is a discussion going on at my 2k hockey forum, but I thought I'd get a discussion going here Ever popped in a new CD of your favorite artist one day, only to have to turn it off a few songs into it? Have you ever wondered, "Why can't I keep listening to this?" Then you are just one of the many casualties in the "Loudness War." What is it, and what can we do to stop this? I suggest you read up on these articles and take a look at a YouTube video. http://moozeek.de/mirrors/articles/over_the_limit.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/aug07/5429 http://www.austin360.com/music/content/mus...09/28cover.html http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/wee...und-forever.htm Just to summarize for those who don't know, big record companies believe that if their songs are the loudest, they will grab the most attention on radio stations, which will in turn generate more sales. When one company does that, it convinces others to compete, and they start cranking up the volume as well. As a result, it destroys dynamic range and robs listeners of the color and life that older vinyl records had. It also creates listening fatigue. Imagine trying to read an entire paragraph in all capital letters. After the first sentence, you can't read anymore. Now imagine that happening every time you tried to listen to your favorite albums. The only way companies will stop doing this and start recognizing that this really doesn't help record sales is for consumers to complain. However, the average consumer won't recognize this, and the lifestyle we live in with competing noises such as loud traffic doesn't help us perceive this terrible injustice. Slowly, but surely, all of your favorite artists will be ruined by this stupid craze, if they haven't been already. Sad, isn't it? Yahoo Tech Blog: http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/33549 Quote Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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