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  1. Hi Andy, thanks for your comment. For the article, I arbitrarily chose crest factor DR to get the point across about overly compressed sound, with a handy database to compare. Interesting example you have there Let me give it some thought for a potential follow-up article. Cheers! Mitch
  2. @ednaz As mentioned in the article, mastering engineer, Bob Katz has an excellent article on an integrated approach to metering, monitoring and leveling practices. This helps answer both at what listening level one wants to be listening to, plus the addressing dynamic range issue. Highly recommended for you and your recording friend.
  3. Hi Dave, I sorted on DR10 or less = 11,390 titles, which is a about 70% of my collection. Cheers, Mitch
  4. @freddie40 Very interesting. How many of those are non-classical? I did something similar in JRiver. Made a playlist with everything I have that is classified as rock, blues, alt, etc., but contains no classical or jazz type recordings. Sorted by DR with a total of 16,564 titles. DR11 or less = 13,106. About 20% of my collection is DR12 or greater.
  5. After reading your article I wanted to see what my collection looked like.  I set up a field in JRiver to show DR results and went about testing about 4200 CDs.  What I did different was to break down the difference between Redbook, Hi-Res PCM and Hi-Res DSD.  Here are my results:


    RedBook  1982 CDs

    1-7  227   (11.45%)
    8-10  780   (39.35%)
    Thus 0-10 (BAD)  1007  (50.76%)
    11-13   782   (39.46%)
    14-18   194   (9.79%)
    Thus 11-18 (Good)  976  (49.24%)
    Hi-Res  2200 CDs
    1-7  86   (3.91%)
    8-10  592  (26.91%)
    Thus 0-10 (BAD)  678  (30.82%)
    11-13   1142   (51.915%)
    14-18   382   (17.36%)
    Thus 11-18 (Good)  1524  (69.27%)
    Hi-Res  PCM  1313 CDs
    1-7  79   (6.02%)
    8-10  407  (31%)
    Thus 0-10 (BAD)  486 (37.01%)
    11-13   668   (50.88%)
    14-18   160   (12.19%)
    Thus 11-18 (Good)  828  (63.06%)
    Hi-Res  DSD  887 CDs
    1-7  7   (0.79%)
    8-10  185  (20.86%)
    Thus 0-10 (BAD)  192  (21.65%)
    11-13  474   (53.44%)
    14-18   222   (25.03%)
    Thus 11-18 (Good)  696  (78.47%)
    1. mitchco


      @freddie40, very cool! It would be awesome if you could post this as a reply to the article!

    2. freddie40


      Sorry I did it wrong, but I have corrected it, I hope :)


    3. mitchco


      @freddie40 No, you did it right, thanks! And very interesting! I will have a look through my collection and post as well. Cheers!

  6. Thank you very much Thomas for your purchase and support! I am happy to hear the size of the color images turned out, as that was my main concern going to print. I am still waiting on my printed copy Lol! Thanks again Thomas! Kind regards, Mitch
  7. Update: full color paperback edition available:
  8. @Booster MPS Thanks for your comment. That was one of my goals. @mkrzych yes, crying shame man. @mav52 - thanks mav, in the  Obsession with Compression article, "there is no evidence of any significant correlation between loudness (& implied compression) and commercial success" Given the success of Back In Black referenced in the article, which is not hyper-compressed, one has to wonder what is going on in in the recording, mixing and mastering industry...
  9. Hey Arch, good to hear from you and thanks. One has a slightly different view when sitting in the mixing or mastering chair, especially when comparing ones own mix/master to other competitive mixes/masters. Also, our ears seem to be attracted to compression like candy. But too much and one gets sick. Bob Katz's AES article on An Integrated Approach to Metering, Monitoring, and Levelling Practices has everything one needs to produce a dynamic mix and master. I think it makes good sense and my sound reproduction system is calibrated in this way. Not sure why the industry has not adopted en masse, as the process will produce a better quality and more dynamic sound for the music lover. Keep up the good writings Archimago.
  10. Thanks Alex, looking forward to your next article.
  11. Thanks @jimf42, @svrit-hvitt, @PeterG for your comments. @Mike27, agreed, I have had similar declipping results from a peak limiting perspective. Unfortunately, it seems like everything is also (over) compressed.
  12. Thanks and good to hear from you Dennis. I agree.
  13. Thanks Mark, I appreciate both of your comments. I tried not to be too glib, but I feel it is the #1 issue in mainstream music today.