Friday, March 22, 2013

It's Dynamc Range Day

It's Dynamic Range Day again folks. And while it's starting to be thought that the Loudness War is drawing to a close, if not in fact over, it's still a good time to take a look at how dynamic our mixes are.  I'll let you click on over to the site to see what all there is to this but first just a couple words from SNR on the subject.

We're not big fans of hyper-compressed music over here. It just sounds bad. That's why we like the DRD Challenge that sets the bar at 8 dB. That means that the difference between the peak reading meters and RMS or average meters is 8 dB. We strive for eleven or twelve in our own mixes, a lot of the stuff you hear on the radio only has six.

There's some resources on this page that explain the concept and there's even a free plugin to help you with your own mixes. I'd encourage you to take a look, especially if you're feeling like the stuff you're making just isn't as exciting as you'd like it to be. The difference might not be adding more effects, it might just be easing off on the dynamic processing so that the music can breathe on its own.

Dynamics in the extreme are always interesting. Just think of any song that uses a dead stop followed by a big hit. Music, music, music, silence..... BAM! It doesn't have to be that hit-you-over-the-head to be effective. Leaving some transients in can do wonders for making a piece sound exciting. It doesn't matter if it's light jazz or EDM. It just works.

So check it out Brethren of the Knob and Fader. This is stuff worth knowing and it will definitely help you perfect your craft.

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