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Predictably crushed... DR5

 

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DR Peak RMS Filename

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DR6 -0.10 dB -7.73 dB 01 Blackstar.m4a

DR5 -0.10 dB -5.89 dB 02 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore.m4a

DR5 -0.10 dB -6.88 dB 03 Lazarus.m4a

DR5 -0.10 dB -6.10 dB 04 Sue (Or In a Season of Crime).m4a

DR6 -0.10 dB -7.35 dB 05 Girl Loves Me.m4a

DR6 -0.10 dB -8.07 dB 06 Dollar Days.m4a

DR6 -0.10 dB -7.65 dB 07 I Can't Give Everything Away.m4a

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Number of files: 7

Official DR value: DR5

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Predictably crushed... DR5

 

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DR Peak RMS Filename

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DR6 -0.10 dB -7.73 dB 01 Blackstar.m4a

DR5 -0.10 dB -5.89 dB 02 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore.m4a

DR5 -0.10 dB -6.88 dB 03 Lazarus.m4a

DR5 -0.10 dB -6.10 dB 04 Sue (Or In a Season of Crime).m4a

DR6 -0.10 dB -7.35 dB 05 Girl Loves Me.m4a

DR6 -0.10 dB -8.07 dB 06 Dollar Days.m4a

DR6 -0.10 dB -7.65 dB 07 I Can't Give Everything Away.m4a

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Number of files: 7

Official DR value: DR5

 

Yep, DR as expected for 2016. Pathetic :(

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I'm listening to it on spotify right now. At risk of being a Pollyanna, I think it is supposed to lack dynamic range.

 

Even half decently recorded very loud music (e.g., early Nirvana) has DRs around 10, so how I wonder would this work as an artistic decision? A catalog of flat affect and ennui?

 

Reminds me of the critic's review of a Katherine Hepburn movie: "She ran the gamut of emotions from A to B."

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I'm listening to it on spotify right now. At risk of being a Pollyanna, I think it is supposed to lack dynamic range.

 

Possible, but there is very little music that is really supposed to be without DR of at least 8. At least anything over a couple of miutes in length. And even music that is naturally "8" will sound way better than the same music compressed to "5".

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The vinyl rip is purported to have DR10 which I personally feel is more true to the auditory vision. Also, I would argue that some of the Jazz motifs would sound better with some space between the notes and with more atmosphere IMHO. Some of the dub step-eque content might work compressed though I suppose.

 

The previous release, The Next Day did the same thing...

 

Album details - Dynamic Range Database

 

I'm listening to it on spotify right now. At risk of being a Pollyanna, I think it is supposed to lack dynamic range.

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Honestly, every best of 2015 release - except for Isbell - that I came across was P^$$# crushed this way...even Adele 25 for heavens sake. So, at this point the only thing I can think is just to start ripping fresh vinyl. I may pick up the new Korg phono / ADC / DAC and just start doing this when I have to. Sucks...

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I'm seeing this across the board now. Maybe the digital is coming off one digital master to cover MP3, CD, and hi-res distribution intended to be played on headphones, in the car, and on radio (to stand out and sound modern)? My guess is vinyl has to have a lower RMS for tracking... Dunno. :/

 

That definitively disproves my speculation. WTF would they compress it more than for vinyl? From what little I understand, DR10 is quite good for vinyl.

 

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That definitively disproves my speculation. WTF would they compress it more than for vinyl? From what little I understand, DR10 is quite good for vinyl.

 

Actually, due to the way the standard being tested works, if vinyl and a CD version are made from the same mastering, the LP will *measure* as having greater DR by a couple of points. So it isn't always that the CD version is compressed and the vinyl isn't, or is compressed less. But when the DR difference is more than a couple of points in favor of the LP, then the CD version has indeed been more compressed.

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All this talk about DR and nothing about content.

 

Well, it kind of blows chunks anyway, so no great loss.

 

I agree. Pure rubbish. Maybe that's the theme of the album. Bad music mastered badly. In that case, it's a success.

 

Edit: Went straight here from new posts. Should've checked thread location.

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Honestly, every best of 2015 release - except for Isbell - that I came across was P^$$# crushed this way...even Adele 25 for heavens sake. So, at this point the only thing I can think is just to start ripping fresh vinyl. I may pick up the new Korg phono / ADC / DAC and just start doing this when I have to. Sucks...

 

Sigh, that may finally ween me off purchasing further CDs anymore and I'll probably go the same route with vinyl (or hopefully DSD if more become available).

 

First, I have a list of about 20 mods to do to our Technics Direct-Drive turntable...

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Nowadays, Mastering job is just pushing a digital file into a brickwall plug-in like Wave L1/L2 limiter, with a hard threshold value to make it sound LOUD, they don't care about dynamic range...

 

A lot of amateurs would do that.

 

Usually, a great mastering 'engineer' wouldn't do that, but there is real financial pressure from clients requiring it be done this way (or else they look elsewhere).

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Bad music mastered badly.

 

Is it really that bad?

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Check the DR database against the top 10 on this list:

 

50 Best Albums of 2015 | Rolling Stone

 

A lot of amateurs would do that.

 

Usually, a great mastering 'engineer' wouldn't do that, but there is real financial pressure from clients requiring it be done this way (or else they look elsewhere).

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Predictably crushed... DR5

 

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DR Peak RMS Filename

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DR6 -0.10 dB -7.73 dB 01 Blackstar.m4a

DR5 -0.10 dB -5.89 dB 02 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore.m4a

DR5 -0.10 dB -6.88 dB 03 Lazarus.m4a

DR5 -0.10 dB -6.10 dB 04 Sue (Or In a Season of Crime).m4a

DR6 -0.10 dB -7.35 dB 05 Girl Loves Me.m4a

DR6 -0.10 dB -8.07 dB 06 Dollar Days.m4a

DR6 -0.10 dB -7.65 dB 07 I Can't Give Everything Away.m4a

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Number of files: 7

Official DR value: DR5

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Actually, due to the way the standard being tested works, if vinyl and a CD version are made from the same mastering, the LP will *measure* as having greater DR by a couple of points. So it isn't always that the CD version is compressed and the vinyl isn't, or is compressed less. But when the DR difference is more than a couple of points in favor of the LP, then the CD version has indeed been more compressed.

 

Mind explaining this a bit more? I'm not sure I get this:

 

"Actually, due to the way the standard being tested works ..."

 

Thanks.

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Mind explaining this a bit more? I'm not sure I get this:

 

"Actually, due to the way the standard being tested works ..."

 

Thanks.

 

The TT Meter measures in accordance with an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standard that isn't what we ordinarily think of as dynamic range (range from softest to loudest), but rather is a comparison of average loudness and peak loudness, similar to something commonly referred to as "crest factor." It's in essence a measure of the "spikiness" of a waveform. Consistency in the sound results in lower measurements, and CDs produce more consistency in sound than vinyl. Thus identical digital files recorded to CD and LP will show higher DR measurements for the LP.

 

Watch this:

 

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Just bought it from Qobuz. Same values as expected

 

foobar2000 1.3.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1log date: 2016-01-09 10:56:18

 

 

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Analyzed: Interprètes Divers / Blackstar

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DR Peak RMS Duration Track

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DR5 -0.10 dB -7.73 dB 9:58 1/7-Blackstar

DR5 -0.10 dB -5.88 dB 4:53 2/7-'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore

DR5 -0.10 dB -6.88 dB 6:22 3/7-Lazarus

DR5 -0.10 dB -6.09 dB 4:40 4/7-Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)

DR6 -0.10 dB -7.35 dB 4:52 5/7-Girl Loves Me

DR6 -0.10 dB -8.07 dB 4:45 6/7-Dollar Days

DR6 -0.10 dB -7.65 dB 5:47 7/7-I Can't Give Everything Away

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Number of tracks: 7

Official DR value: DR5

 

 

Samplerate: 96000 Hz

Channels: 2

Bits per sample: 24

Bitrate: 3033 kbps

Codec: FLAC

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Never mind if I lose credibility, même pas peur : it sounds so good !! I love the sound !! (24/96) Pretty much in line (sound wise) with the aesthetic of the Berlin trilogy : very dense modulated with fulgurant incises.

 

I took details out of my sig but I get very clean fast controlled bass down below 20 from my multi amps active feedback loop controlled system ; might help...

 

last but not least : And at least one great song that has already caught me : Lazarus

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Never mind if I lose credibility, même pas peur : it sounds so good !! I love the sound !! (24/96) Pretty much in line (sound wise) with the aesthetic of the Berlin trilogy : very dense modulated with fulgurant incises.

 

In my modest sound system Blackstar sounds pretty good. Do not care about DR figures either.
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