On Thu, Feb 06, 2014 at 04:15:48PM +0000, Dan S wrote:
> My point here is not that the "rule" Fons denies is not an unbreakable
It is certainly a very strong convention. Apart from loudness
there may be another reason why.
In typical 'chart' music the bass is responsible for a large
part of the signal level. It's easy to test this, take your
favourite track and send it via a switchable highpass (200 Hz)
to a meter that shows both RMS and peak (e.g. a K-meter).
With the filter in place, the RMS level wil drop quite a bit
(between 5 and 10 dB). The peak level will change much less.
That means that when you put the bass off-center, your level
meters may well show 'out of balance', in particular if they
have a small range as e.g. a VU, during the entire song.
Many sound engineers probably dislike that, even if it does
no harm at all.
A world of exhaustive, reliable metadata would be an utopia.
It's also a pipe-dream, founded on self-delusion, nerd hubris
and hysterically inflated market opportunities. (Cory Doctorow)
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