Am 09.07.2011 23:00, schrieb Fons Adriaensen:
There is no such thing in the 21st century. The failure of all the
enhanced super-CD efforts has proved that.
There is only a set of methods to make music distributable as a file or
as a physical record. And to do this the HiFi/Audiophile way is only but
one of these methods.
In the early 1960ies guitarists like Pete Townshend or John Lennon
started to crank up the volume on their amps and thus introduced
distortion. And the engineers startet to scratch their heads to find
ways to make such bad distortion disappeare. When Jimi Hendrix sent his
tapes of Electric Ladyland to the EMI-Masterlabs, the engineers took
great efforts to eliminate the phasing-effects Hendrix had applied to
some of his tracks and thus Hendrix was shocked, whe he heared the first
copy of the record.
And this is all that matters: if the artist is unhappy with the result,
then the recording and mastering has failed - period -
If a band *wants* to have their songs brick walled so that the
wave-graphs look like toothpaste: let them have it! This is a perfectly
sensible method of expression. The simple reason is: it is different. If
an artist is not satisfied with a work, then it simply means, he/she
hears a difference between the results and the vision in his/her head.
To eliminate such differences is the job of the recording-engineer and
he/she should be ready to eliminate by all means neccessary ;-)
Of course brick wall limiters are often used for the wrong reasons. To
make it simpler for a bad mixing-technician to make it sound something
like "loud and clear". Or to make sure, the track does not sound lower
than the others on a stupid format-radio-programme.
But there is fantastic, great music out there that looks like
tooth-paste and is spiced with tons of distortion.
So in the end: a hard limiter is but a tool -- it represents an
opportunity for artistst to get certain effects to make their music
sound different the way they like to. And such opportunities should be
I use the foo-limiter to handle peaks and some vocals, it works for me.
If I really want to smash a mix to the wall, I try to do it as Fons
recommends by balance the mix to make it sound louder. And than I use
Jamin to go a step beyond...
btw: Yes I admit it! I LOVE the sound of the late-90ies/2000s Red Hot
Chili Peppers. I do not care for technical details like distortion, I
only hear great, powerful, lively pop-music.
That some bands not the same as great, powerful and lively believe, they
could be the same as cool by applying the same loudness is another story
> Simple fact is this:
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