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  1. So what does such a test say? Absolutely nothing about sound quality, because the exact same song with the same quality is preferred at louder volume. It just shows how easily ppl are misleaded.

    Higher volume is just an illusion of better quality, which most people apparently fall for. The illusion is so strong that even when the quality suffers severely (like today's clipped music) people still think it is better.

    It's sad that most people don't realize that.

  2. Why would louder be better? Right, there is no reason. 16bit sound has a huge dynamic range so that cannot be the reason. Mp3 does not even have a bitdepth so theoretically it can have an even bigger dynamic range.

    I understand when you are using dynamic compression for artistic reasons (you really like the sound better).

    But using hyper compression, multiband compression, softclipping and whatnot just to get the music louder is a bad reason imho.

    With loud mastering you only increase the chance that you are getting clipping or destoying details in your music.

    IMHO the only genre which might get away with loud mastering is (hard) rock. But even with that genre the mastering goes over the top nowadays. Listen to Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication, Stadium Arcadium or Metallica - Death Magnetic. Do you like that sound? (I don't). The vinyl version of Stadium Arcadium is known to sound better than the CDs due to quieter mastering. Same goes for Death Magnetic and the Guitar Hero version.

    All other genres suffer more easily from loud mastering and treated even more carefully.

  3. I don't want to say much about this, because the loudness war makes me very sad :P. It makes no sense to me to put a lot of effort in recording music at the very best quality, and then at the very final step (mastering) destroy everything. It's just incredibly stupid.

    People who prefer (too) loud tracks should remove the wax out of their ears and then take a good listen again.

    High volume tracks should be forbidden from OCR. Judges?

  4. I think he only wants to increase the volume of the low volume parts. And he doesn't want to change (destroy) the mid and high volume parts of the song.

    I'm not sure if you can do this with a compressor though. Compressors affect the high volumes always and not just the low volumes... right?

  5. Read this:


    Anyway, Reason has a new compressor from version 3.

    First just increase the master volume as high as possible without clipping. Then put the MClass Maximizer between the mixer and hardware interface. And then you can increase the volume (and decrease the quality) with the input gain button on the Maximizer. I'd say going much higher than 4.5dB will sound like shit.

    Don't use softclipping, it sucks.

  6. Ok, i had another incredibly bright idea to make an panning delay ;) (this one is better than my post on the first page of this thread, hehe).

    This time i made a 2 steps delay that pans from left to right to left to right etc (NOT a 3 steps delay and a 4 steps delay combined, that would be the easy way out, hehe).

    EDIT: download it here

    Anyway, here we go:

    - create a mixer as usual

    - create a 3 delay unit underneath

    - set the first delay to 2 steps and we'll name the delay "first left delay" and set the FEEDBACK button to 0

    - set the second delay 4 steps and name it "left delay" and set the DRY/WET button to the middle.

    - set the third delay to 4 steps and name it "right delay". Don't change anything else on this one.

    Now press tab and we will connect the wires correctly to aux 1 of the mixer:

    - disconnect all wires from the delays to the mixer (to avoid confusion)

    - connect Aux Send Out 1 Left to "first delay left" left input

    - connect Aux Send Out 1 Right to "right delay" left input

    - connect Aux Return 1 Left to "left delay" left output

    - connect Aux Return 1 Right to "right delay" left output

    And finally the wires between the delays:

    - connect "first left delay" left output to "left delay" left input

    - connect "first left delay" right output to "left delay" right input

    That's it! (I hope i didn't forget anything)

    I was kinda surprised that it worked so good myself, hehe

  7. Hi, i was messing with the Malstrom synthesizer and i was wondering about if i can let the mod kick in after a second or so. At this moment the instrument has mod the whole time, from start to end, but that is not what i want.

    Of course i can manually set the mod value of the controller, but that is a lot of work if i have to do it with each note :P

    btw. I'm not sure if anyone is interested but I myself had a good idea for making panning delay (from left to right or right to left):

    1. Make 2 delay thingies.

    2. Connect the left source to one and connect the right source to the other (if you got a mono source, use the spider to split it to 2 channels).

    3. Connect the left output to the left input of the mixer and connect the right output to the right input of the mixer (duh).

    4. Make sure the settings of the 2 delays are the same. Except for feedback. If you increase feedback of the right channel delay, the delay will move from left to right.

    Pretty neat eh?

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