What the situation needs is, someone to slip through the loudness net that becomes the
album that everyone wants to emulate and that isn't squashed to hell...
always mixed pretty loud, but only on the loud bits....However, the levels used today, as
an average, are just becoming ridiculous. To my ears there is an average rms level, which,
if you push past it means you end up having to trade off part of the overall sound to
allow the rest its head. In the pop field as already noted, it's the vocals that tend to
sound way bigger than the backing. I listened to a, albeit nicely produced C & W
album, the other day. The vocals and soundstaging just sounded ridiculous though. To
achieve the requisite levels, it now sounds like the vocalist is singing out of the
soundhole of the acoustic guitar. Overall, the EQ of the album hangs together well, but
they have gone with so much upper mid, to up the volume level, that the imagery is
completely screwed. The effect is, to my ears to totally destroy even the illusion of any
sort of actual *performance*. The irony being , most of the backing was cut live...
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