Do your ears hurt when you listen to new music on your ipod?
Why do records sound much different/better in the 90’s rather than today?
Well, you can thank the producers today and some of the A&R guys that are left who think LOUDER means BETTER, of course this is a MYTH. But with knowledge, comes power. This can change.
Music Chiefs were blasted last night for using computer wizardry to make new albums louder than ever.
Producers are artificially enhancing sound levels as they believe the noisier a record is, the more copies it will sell.
Music lovers say some tracks are now so distorted they can make listeners feel nauseous.
And Britainâ€™s leading studio engineers have launched a campaign to make records range in levels to avoid one loud blur.
Among records blasted by engineers is the Red Hot Chili Peppersâ€™ Californication which some branded â€œunlistenableâ€. An online petition has even been launched to have it â€œremasteredâ€.
Other albums slated by studio experts are works by Oasis, the Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen.
Peter Mew, senior mastering engineer at Londonâ€™s Abbey Road Studios â€” where The Beatles made many of their hits â€” said: â€œRecord companies are competing in an arms race to make their album the loudest. The quieter parts are becoming louder and the loudest parts are just becoming a buzz. This could be the reason CD sales are in a slump.â€
Geoff Emerick, an engineer on the Beatlesâ€™ Sgt Pepperâ€™s album, said: â€œA lot of what is released today is basically a scrunched up mess.
â€œWhole layers of sound are missing. Itâ€™s because record companies donâ€™t trust listeners to decide themselves if they want to turn the volume up.â€
Singing legend Bob Dylan, said: â€œModern records are atrocious. Thereâ€™s no definition of anything â€” just static.â€
On another note, producers today like artists are much different than YESTERDAY. Many producers today are more or less engineers. Do you remember producer Mutt Lange? (Def Leppard, AC/DC, The Cars, Bryan Adams, Romeo’s Daughter,The Corrs). He is the real deal, hands down.
Check out the production of Back and Black. The personality, the tones….It feels so good. Mutt is one of the best.