Originally Posted by The_K_Man
Not really. Legacy material from 1960s Marvin Gaye up to late '80s Madonna is being transformed into the proverbial "sausage" waveform! It's being applied to EVERYTHING, rrchon. And then they have the nerve, the total disregard and lack of morality to stamp "Digitally Remastered"(my avatar..) on the packaging?
And that's the soapbox I'm on, like it or not. Jack White's latest album "Blunderbuss" is a towering exception to the bullsh: Very dynamic tracks on that album, DRs of 10 to 13 according to Foobar's meter.
That is a different monster all together.
It was never the Intent of Marvin Gaye or his original production team to have their music slammed. Got To Give Up has a dRMS of -16 and I think for that song it is perfect. It was intended to be bouncy and punchy.
Though I can't argue with Dada Life if they want their song to be pushed to -5, if that is what they want as long as they manage to pull of the sound they are after, which is a pancake that has been squashed by a steamroller.
My argument is that I don't want to hear Marron 5, Dave Matthews or Ben Folds at -5 RMS because it just doesn't suit their music and sounds like crap that hot.
I don't go in for super flat re-issues, and on that I am 100% in agreement with you.
SPL per Watt produced probably goes hand in hand with crap home stereos, and sub-par automotive sound systems. You know those things that have a BOOM button and SuperSubXWOOF POW mode with decals in flames and pictures of dynamite on them.
Headphones, Crap club systems that can not or are not allowed legally to push past 90dBSPL might prefer pancakes because it allows for more loudness and sound saturation. As klapaucius
pointed out most sites do not either know how or are unwilling to do the processing on site and just go for the easy option of pushing next. That is less likely to happen to a crowd that wants to hear Elton John, or Jack White since they are actively seeking that sound regardless of how much it will make their ears ring tomorrow.