Modern music and compression

I’ve been listening to alot of music lately and it hit me like a ton of bricks. The problem with modern music apart from it all sounding the same is dynamic range. New music has a ton of audio compression applied during mastering. This is not the same as digital compression mind you… much more data is lost. Audio compression basically makes the music louder thereby reducing dynamic range and the subtle features of the music.

The older recordings I’ve been listening to on vinyl sound alive. They have dynamic range, though was given to mic placement and the engineers knew what they were doing. Ever wonder why vinyl sounds better then CD’s even tho CD’s are technically superior? The masters are not compressed! A compressed audio signal will cause the record lathe to carve a bigger grove, this reduces the recording time! The CD and other digital media have a better dynamic range but the mastering brick walls that range. Thus hobbling the format and keeping it from truly shining.

That’s my rant for today!