This phenomenon can be observed in many areas of the music industry, particularly broadcasting and albums released on CD and DVD. In the case of CDs, the war stems from artists’ and producers’ desires to create CDs that sound as loud as possible or louder than CDs from competing artists or recording labels.
However, as the maximum amplitude of a CD is at a fixed level, the overall loudness can only be increased by reducing the dynamic range. This is done by pushing the lower-level program material higher, while the loudest peak sounds are either destroyed or severely diminished. Certain extreme uses of compression can introduce distortion or clipping to the waveform of the recording.
See this short YouTube clip for a visual and auditory example of the damage done by the loudness war… and remember, this trend now affects most new music and remasters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gmex_4hreQ
Edited by Bolshevized on 26 Aug 2010, 19:09
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