A point about DNB mastering and when it gets TOO LOUD

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  1. fanu

    fanu Active Member

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    I was going thru some DNB promos today, and, once again, was a bit disgusted by how loud some of the big label tunes still are.

    I wrote a little blog post about it, and included a pic of one of the masters, too.

    The blog post: A point about mastering and when it gets too loud.
    http://fanumusic.com/a-point-about-mastering-loudness-these-days/

    How do you feel about the loudness issue these days?
     
  2. saganspirit

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    Yeah that's pretty bad - I've seen worse tech-house though. Tbh man, it's going to take a monumental shift to get people to stop doing this. It needs to come from people like yourself. It's good that you posted this on DOA too.
     
  3. Meiosis

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    I really don't see it changing soon.. people are used to it. Supply and demand...
     
  4. Mania

    Mania i fukin wot m8

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    It's fine if its done right. You can tell when a tune is affecting by loudness greed, or done tastefully in a complimentary way.
     
  5. Zethus909

    Zethus909 New Member

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    i like my music loud....but theres a point..where it actually hurts my ears at full blast....and my ears are used to a beating.....theres a point where it's not nice sounding anymore its just annoyingly loud......
     
  6. Evizon

    Evizon Acetate Avenger

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    I completely agree with this. Even Emperor said in a Reddit AMA that he used to try to make his tunes as loud as possible, but then realised that it's better to have the tune a tad quieter but with more dynamics.

    Personally as a producer I'm still struggling to get my music louder than it already is, but not to the point where everything is squashed. IMO Critical Music do a great job at balancing loudness with dynamics with their releases.
     
  7. miszt

    miszt BASSFACE Royale

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    you cant tell if a track is "too loud" from the waveform :p

    I do a wide mix of mixing and mastering, everything from wide dynamics to tight in your face no room for even an extra hat style...whatever works for the style, there are no rules, if an artist is going for "that" sound, then its not upto me to tell them whats what (except when it comes to Technicalities)...i love heavily compressed music as much as I love wide dynamics, if the mastering style suits the music.
     
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  8. Evizon

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    Yeah, sometimes heavy compression just fits the track. For instance, Current Value's tunes are compressed to shit but IMO they sound good with that compression