On Thu, 2014-02-06 at 22:34 +0000, Fons Adriaensen wrote:
Unfortunately people don't listen, they seem to watch music by meters
and measuring instrument. There also is an issue with the gear, people
care about technical specifications such as S/N ratio, klirr factor,
linear frequency response. Those specifications are important for audio
production, but usually a biased sound is wanted for listening to a
record, CD, tape. Nobody is able to notice a less good S/N ratio or
klirr factor when just listening, when not producing. Instead of using a
nice biased record player, they prefer to listen to a CD player with
better technical specification, but then they add insane equalizing and
cheap reverbs to the output of those clean, cold CD players and kill the
sound completely or they completely don't care and consume music where
ever they are by earplugs or mobile phone speakers. Most of the times
people seems to listen to music, just to have some background noise.
Less people seem to listen to music in a way they would read a book. The
gauge for the quality of the compositions nowadays seems to be tits and
"How is the bass mixed? Per-channel frequency analysis? Histogram?"
Who cares? How does it sound? Doesn't the faculty of hearing and
individuell liking count anymore?
I often get the impression that people do not want to learn how to
listen and mix music anymore, but they want to have a norm and measuring
instruments that does show when the mix does fit to the norm.
Music is related to individuell liking and creativity, mixing is related
to individuell liking and creativity. Sure, imitating a style is ok and
good for learning.
Is there an analysis tool, a meter to measure if the composition,
coloration and the stroke of the brush of a painting does fit to a
There only is craftsmanship, e.g. different theories of colours, e.g.
different positioning of the microphone techniques etc., but there is no
limitation, it's good to know much about it, but also ok to break with
it. Regarding to audio, measurement engineering is needed to maintain
the equipment, but not to do a mix.
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