Feb 18, 2011
Update: Dynamic Range Day now has it’s own website !
For all the latest information, please click here
I want to tell you EVERYTHING about Dynamic Range Day 2011 – but I can’t.
That’s because I don’t know it myself, yet !
But here’s what I can tell you:
This year is going to be huge.
We have an award, a competition to win an SSL X-Desk, (yes, that’s the SSL!) and masses of publicity.
Now, to the details.
Dynamic music sounds better
Help spread the word by making people aware of the Loudness Wars, and why the only way to win is to not fight.
What are the Loudness Wars ?
A sonic arms race where every artist and label feel they need to crush their music onto CD at the highest possible level, for fear of not being “competitive” – and in the process they squash out all the dynamics, all the light and shade – ruining the sound.
The loudness wars turn “Stairway To Heaven” into “A Walk On The Pavement”.
Songs sound dull and fatiguing – as if someone is SHOUTING AT YOU ALL THE TIME.
If you’d like to hear it for yourself, click here.
And what’s worse – the idea that songs need to be extremely loud is a modern myth – a fairy story, and we need to spread the word.
Here are the facts:
- Research shows there is no connection between “loudness” and sales
- People don’t notice loudness when comparing songs
- Dynamic music sounds better on the radio
- Modern music players negate loudness by using ReplayGain
- Most listeners just turn loud music down !
For more information, click here.
Friday March 25th 2011
Just listen to three different masters of the same song, and identify which one is the most dynamic for the chance to win one of these fantastic prizes !
- An SSL X-Desk
- Bowers & Wilkins CM-1 speakers
- Exclusive Shure mobile recording kit, inc. PG42 & PG27 mics
- A mastering session at Fluid Mastering
- Alan Parsons’ DVD set “The Art & Science of Sound Recording” and
- Friedemann Tischmayer’s “Audio Mastering” DVD set – both contributed by www.DynamicRange.de, makers of the outstanding TT Loudness Meter
- An exclusive Home Studio Corner audio-visual bundle – “Understanding Compression”, “Understanding EQ” and “Home Recording Tactics“
Watch out for details on how to enter soon !
For the best-sounding dynamic mix of 2010/11
Judged by a panel of industry experts, this will be awarded to a high-profile, successful act who have had the courage to ignore the Loudness War “fairy-tales” and release great-sounding, dynamic music.
Put forward your nomination in the comments below !
The support for DRD11 this year is fantastic.
Here are some of the companies who have already said they will help publicise the event:
SSL (Solid State Logic)
Bowers & Wilkins
The APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services)
Pro Sound News
Music Tech Magazine
The Pleasurize Music Foundation
Home Studio Corner
With more signing up every day !
What next ?
Please show your support for Dynamic Range Day in any of the following ways:
- Click to “Like” the Facebook page
- Post your nominations for great, dynamic music in the comments below
- To follow @DynamicRangeDay on Twitter – click here - start talking and using the #DRD11 hashtag!
- Put a post on your site or blog telling people about the day – include a link to this page or add a Dynamic Range Day banner
- Sign up to the Dynamic Range Day Newsletter for the latest information using this form
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you on March 25th !
Dynamic Range Day logo by @synewaves