Here's an atricle I find very interesting...
I was planning to post my point of view about this but was too lazy until I read the article in the link above.
The other night I decided to pull out some recordings I used to listen to 6-7 years ago. This was when I used to listen to more mainstream artists.
I popped them into my cd player hoping I'd enjoy the trip back in time. That's not what I got. I ended up sitting there and asking myself, how can anybody listen to this sh*t??? I didn't hear music. I heard music that's been compressed to hell that there was no life, air, feel and fun factor to it. I'm talking no dynamic range. Maybe 1-2db which is completely useless. This is very sad. Dynamic range makes music sound real, lively and exciting. I can't believe more and more engineers are compressing music today to have the "hottest" sound on the radio and please mp3 fans.
It seems a lot of music today is "fast food" instead of a fine meal.
You've all seen the commercials. iPods and other "cool" mp3 players are the bomb and mp3 is the future. This is what they're telling us. If the device is not the size of a pubic hair with all sorts of bells and whistles, it's not cool. Seems the recording industry is trying to please this crowd that follow trends and don't care about quality. I'm not saying all engineers are like this but the majority of them are.
If I had an unlimited source of income, I'd hire some engineers to design a unit for the studio. I'd call this device DFS, "Downgrading For Suckers". The enginners get the chance to master music the way it's supposed to. This is what is going to be printed on CD's for us music lovers to buy.
So where does the DFS machine come in? Before sending out the recording to radio stations and to be placed on the internet, they'd have to go through this process. What it does is compress the music to the point that there is no dynamic range and make the recording HOT so it would be as loud as possible. Eff 'em, give them what they deserve. This would please us audio enthusiasts and the "cool and hip iPod carrying internet pirates".
I don't even own an mp3 player. If I want to listen to my music outside of my home, I use my discman and bring along some cd's with me.
What the music industry need to do is think. Who appreciates music more? Those who listen to music at home and truly enjoy it or those with the latest gadgets who want to show off to their friends? "Isn't this awesome? My mp3 player can download music, take pictures and trim my nose hair at the same time. I hear there's anew model coming out in a few months that can wipe my butt for me".
But most don't care. When $$$ is involved, they're going to give the people what they want and don't care about us minorities.
If this trend continues, what's the point of owning hi-fi gear in 20 years? We should all buy Bose and forget about good sound.
We should all be thankful because we have nice systems and know how to enjoy and appreciate music.
I'm so glad the music I listen to today have excellent sound because they're produced by people with balls. It seems like these "unknown artists" know how music should sound and I give them props for that.
Well, thanks for letting me take your time to hear me bitch about this issue.