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#197888 - 02/25/08 08:42 AM Re: Fun with Audacity - Dynamic Compression [Re: fredk]
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I tried some Ozzy stuff and reversed the track to listen backwards, didn't hear any satanic messages. \:\)
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#197900 - 02/25/08 11:17 AM Re: Fun with Audacity - Dynamic Compression [Re: SirQuack]
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This is fun stuff to see. I would bet that the albums that are bad are the ones that I like the music but just never want to listen to!

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#197909 - 02/25/08 12:23 PM Re: Fun with Audacity - Dynamic Compression [Re: fredk]
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 Originally Posted By: fredk
... Santana, Supernatural. Its really my only recent CD.

And looking at the full song...



We have a winner folks. Dosn't look any better zoomed in.



I must say, I am kind of dissapointed with Santana. I always though of him as a musicians musician.

I was impressed with the Dire Straits track. Once you zoom in, you can see a fair amount of dynamic range in the recording, even though it is fairly loud.

As an interesting side note, in the late 70s and early 80s when I recorded a lot of stuff tape to tape, the rule of thumb was to set the volume so that those nifty digital meters were just below red (no clipping) even though none of us knew what clipping was.

By the way Jason, I remember reading an article where the author gave an example of a Zeppelin song with the original, remastered in the 90s and remastered post 2000. You could see the progressive increase in volume and dynamic compression. The last one didn't look quite as bad as the Dixie Chicks or Santana, but it was close.


As far as Santana, that really isn't surprising. Even before mastering, or recording, Santana is known for having a VERY compressed guitar sound. If you get a chance to watch him live, even if you are not a guitar player, you can notice that regardless if he barely touches the strings or really wacks them, the volume is the same (very little dynamics).

I think I will need to put a Jeff Beck re-master through this as his playing is on the other end as being very dynamic. Not sure how much it makes it through mastering though.
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#197910 - 02/25/08 12:33 PM Re: Fun with Audacity - Dynamic Compression [Re: mapatton]
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Dare someone to try St. Anger.
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#197916 - 02/25/08 01:32 PM Re: Fun with Audacity - Dynamic Compression [Re: Ken.C]
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Seeing as you're the only one who can actually stand to listen to it... go for it!




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#197917 - 02/25/08 01:36 PM Re: Fun with Audacity - Dynamic Compression [Re: AdamP88]
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I installed this software and looked at a couple of flac files during my lunch break. Pretty neat stuff.

I looked at some Bock and Chopin (classical and piano) and it was very clean.

I looked at dave matthews band "stand up" album. It looked pretty good. Not quite as good as the classical songs but still very good.

I looked at an mp3 I donwloaded from a local club DJ and WOW. There was no background color at all.. just a huge blob of blue allthe way across. (It made santana look great!)
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#197918 - 02/25/08 01:38 PM Re: Fun with Audacity - Dynamic Compression [Re: terzaghi]
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Bock?
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#197919 - 02/25/08 01:39 PM Re: Fun with Audacity - Dynamic Compression [Re: Ken.C]
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Did anyone else just hear a chicken?
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#197920 - 02/25/08 01:46 PM Re: Fun with Audacity - Dynamic Compression [Re: medic8r]
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\:D

That was good!
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#197921 - 02/25/08 02:04 PM Re: Fun with Audacity - Dynamic Compression [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Errr... Bach

Glad I could provide some amusement.





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