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Supposedly almost every track on this album peaks above 0dB. Can someone explain?
Old 10th August 2017
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Supposedly almost every track on this album peaks above 0dB. Can someone explain?

Hello all!

I recently stumbled upon a dynamic range database site and like any good audio nerd, I looked up my favorite albums to see their dynamic ranges, peaks, and RMS levels.

One of the albums I looked up was:
This Town Needs Guns -

Supposedly, most of this album peaks above 0dB!
And I've never noticed any clipping or distorting!

Am I missing something?
Is this site information not correct?

Bonus Question: Why do some albums have a variety of peak levels in the track listing while others have the same peak level for every song?



Here's the database site: Album list - Dynamic Range Database

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Old 10th August 2017
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Seeing overloads on a oversampling meter do not means you have clipping or distortion necessarily. Those resulting overloads are only an approximisation showing what the DAC might see while playback. Those overloads donot really exists in digital where the limit is always 0dBfs. So it hugely depends on the used DAC if those achieve any problems here. Most can handle those overloads without a problem.
All in all its mostly a theoretical issue and only very theoretical minded people might see bigger problems here.
We all have easy access to all kind of cool measurement tools nowerdays, but without fully knowing the deeper insights they are useless and only good for producing random fear...
Better enjoy the music instead of starring at numbers. Very less to gain here, really.
Old 10th August 2017
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The tracks on that album are "over" because they analyzed a lossy codec (MP3).
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