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What does BBC Radio2 do to the music it plays?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:39 am

What is the standard processing that Radio2 will apply to all the music it plays? I really like the sound of it on my studio system. I've bought tracks I've enjoyed on the radio and often they sound disappointing compared to the Radio2 presentation. So what do they do?
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Re: What does BBC Radio2 do to the music it plays?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:43 am

The last time I looked, which was a long while ago now, it was an Innovonics multiband compressor, with an awful lot of squash everywhere, but especially across the low-end!

I once bought the CD Single of Marc Almond's A Lover Spurned because it sounded so good on Radio 2 when I was driving up a motorway -- the really driving bass line was particularly attractive. Only the CD sounded nothing like the same! :frown:

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Re: What does BBC Radio2 do to the music it plays?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:14 am

Just got Bebop Deluxe's Ships in the Night which sounded fabulously open and punchy on R2 but considerably less so from iTunes. :cry: Hence my question!
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Re: What does BBC Radio2 do to the music it plays?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:16 am

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What a beast! Do they still use hardware then?
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Re: What does BBC Radio2 do to the music it plays?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:27 am

Yes!
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Re: What does BBC Radio2 do to the music it plays?

Postby Arpangel » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:56 am

Wasn't the Optimod also a fave of certain radio stations?
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Re: What does BBC Radio2 do to the music it plays?

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:16 pm

Arpangel wrote:Wasn't the Optimod also a fave of certain radio stations?

Yup!

Market-leaders at one time...

... and it's a very rare radio station indeed that isn't using some form of processing, either hardware or software.
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Re: What does BBC Radio2 do to the music it plays?

Postby MOF » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:41 pm

I’m fairly sure all radio stations use multi-band compression these days.
I bought U2’s Joshua Tree CD after hearing one of the singles on the radio and was similarly underwhelmed when I played it initially, I wouldn’t want a compressed version now though. In fact some of U2’s latest albums have been over compressed in my opinion.
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Re: What does BBC Radio2 do to the music it plays?

Postby N i g e l » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:52 pm

The BBC use compression & watermarking.

Radio 3 is compressed with a light touch although it might be difficult to use that as a reference to compare radio 2 due to the different content !
They bear in mind that the target audience may be listening on a HiFi, kitchen radio, in the car, earbuds or in a factory.

Some commercial stations compress like its still the 60s & they want to be the "loudest station on the dial", very tiring on the ears.

What format do you listen on FM / DAB / WWW ?
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Re: What does BBC Radio2 do to the music it plays?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:55 pm

What format do you listen on FM / DAB / WWW ?

Whatever the online streaming service is on the radio player on the BBC website.
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