Originally Posted by Innervisions
I have 2 questions:
1. Did you watch the video in 480 or 720? 360 seem to really distort and compress things...
2. by 'Boxiness', did you mean too much low mid or something like that? I'd love to get a more in depth explanation about what you said...
Tried it multiple ways... seems to only be affecting video tho.
The more apparent issue is the sibilant smearing... sssses sound heavily compressed.
I can't speak for what original track sounds like, of course... only what streams via youtube.
As far as the boxiness... it's not a big deal, and it's less noticeable. I'm not entirely sure if it's the recording space or a reverb being used.
I've noticed on some recordings if the artist records vocals in a relatively small booth with only acoustic foam treatment, that the high frequency reflections are killed, but everything below 500 hz or so goes through the foam and you can actually HEAR the little box they're recording in. Compression of the vocal tends to bring UP these reflections and make them more audible. Stack many takes done in that same space, and...
It seems that I'm hearing a bit of that... but I can't be entirely sure, because it's also possible that I'm hearing the space being defined by reverb choices. Either way, it's not a big deal. Frankly, if the sibilance issue were a bit more controlled, I'd say you have a phenomenal recording regardless. The arrangement is so well done, that everything else is just details.
I get chills each time the "Fred and Ginger" part comes up.