May. 31st, 2016

solarbird: (molly-content)

Two interesting bits I saw online, posted for your enjoyment:

1. The Dark Art of Mastering Music, a neat article on the subtle art of mastering an album, and, linked from that article, you’ll find:

2. Sequential alternating of a song from Metallica’s Death Magnetic track, “That Was Just Your Life,” as released on CD and from elements released for Guitar Hero. To my mind, this comparison actually makes the CD version sound less out of control (and relatively less bad), by not levels matching the vocals against each other. But even this way, you can see how the Loudness War mastering makes everything kind of horrible once you get past the instinctive “loudness is better” first impression.

I mean seriously, look at this. DYNAMIC RANGE WHAT IS DYNAMIC RANGE?

Honestly, what a mess. The CD version of the waveform looks like a sausage. I’ve told the mastering engineers I’ve worked with: don’t do this, I don’t want it. And while I do tend to mix loud (particularly on ragier tracks like Pee Police) I simply do not play this game.

I’m hoping the slow decline of the earbud (and the rise of over-the-ear bluetooth headsets) will bring this – the Loudness War – to an end.

It may only mean something to the music wonks reading, but I don’t even run a compressor on the master bus. I do run a look-ahead limiter, to prevent the occasional spikes – which can result from my lack of over-reliance on compression – from clipping, but that’s a completely different animal. If it’s kicking in enough to notice it doing so, I consider myself to have screwed up the mix and go back and fix it.

But what do I know, they’re the ones actually making a living at this – somehow – while I’m all here with my day job. XD

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solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
It's neat seeing who is taken seriously about this stuff, and who isn't. I'm not seeing people tell Nick Spencer that he 'brought it on himself'; I don't see people telling Nick Spencer 'not to feed the trolls'; I don't see anyone telling Nick Spencer 'You're just making it all up for the attention,' or 'Why don't you just block and ignore them?' or 'Why don't you call law enforcement instead of whining about it on the internet?'

And that doesn't even get into the false equivalences the article sets up. Thankfully, Daily Dot did get into that, at least a bit.

Fans can be loud and obnoxious on social media, making it easy for people to lump valid criticism into the same category as stupid overreactions ('The new Batmobile looks so bad I'm never reading a DC comic again') and outright harassment. For writers and creators, this can start to feel like one huge mass of negative commentary—which is probably why Faraci's article resonated with so many people.

In a lot of ways, he's right. He just doesn't seem to recognize the difference between outright harassment and vocal but constructive campaigns to improve fandom for everyone.

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