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    I don't own too many cds made past 95. But the ones I do have a problem. They have no dynamics. I was confused. I thought we lived in the age of quality. So I went online one day and heard that people were angry at the their Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica albums. So I decided to investigating. I stumbled across the Loudness War. Basically the Loudness War started in the age of Vinyl. As years progressed, record companies tried to make their albums as loud as possible.

    So I took all the cds I own and looked at them in Adobe Audition. Some were just a straight rectangle with barely no waves to it. But the older recordings had the beautiful Valleys of Dynamics.

    So I ask you. Are classical recordings suffering the same fate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salieri=Innocent View Post

    So I ask you. Are classical recordings suffering the same fate?
    This subject was discussed at length HERE in the context of a suggestion that the dynamic range on many CDs is too high, not too low as you suggest.

    I haven't noticed any systematic problems with dynamic range on classical CDs. Possibly the CDs you own involve music which inherently has a low dynamic range. Can you give a few examples from your collection where you believe there is a major problem?

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    Basically every non classical cd I own.
    Most of my classical cds have very good dynamic range.

    But it is rock or metal that is ruined in collection. The newest Metallica album has been very controversial because of its lack of dynamic range. I pop it in my stereo and it is too loud so I will turn it down and there is still too much racket.

    I don't understand it. The day classical music suffers from this is the day I will give up on recorded music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salieri=Innocent View Post
    Basically every non classical cd I own.
    Most of my classical cds have very good dynamic range.

    But it is rock or metal that is ruined in collection. The newest Metallica album has been very controversial because of its lack of dynamic range. I pop it in my stereo and it is too loud so I will turn it down and there is still too much racket.

    I don't understand it. The day classical music suffers from this is the day I will give up on recorded music.
    You could try re-recording the affected CDs using Audacity and its "normalise" utlity set to the default -3 db. That's a useful device for problems of the type you appear to be suffering from. It will certainly reduce the overall loudness but can't do anything about restoring any lost dynamic range.

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    A little compression is a good thing in our noisy world. I would rather hear the soft parts of a piece than adhere to strict dynamics. But I think most pop/ rock producers go over the top with it. Even rock needs some dynamic range or it's just garbage. Ideally it should be in the listeners hands, not the engineers'. Or rather the listener should have some latitude as to how much compression is desired, but to do compression real time is expensive.

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