Visualizing Loudness

by Christopher Paul on February 27, 2011

I found this article on loudness and dynamic range of music recordings pretty interesting. It’s full of visual data showing how music mastering has changed over the years.

The rise of digital music over the past decade has sparked a phenomenon known as the loudness wars — a detrimental sonic arms race to digitally master recordings with higher real and perceived levels of loudness, resulting in sound quality inferior to that of analog recordings like vinyl and cassettes.

The result is recordings from Coldplay and Justin Bieber are actually louder than AC/DC, Nirvana, and Metallica (The Black Album, anyway). And as loudness increases,the dynamic range decreases.

Visualizing Loudness: How To Be a Smart Sound Consumer – Brain Pickings

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