Friday, December 28, 2007

The Death of High Fidelity

Rolling Stone ran a fascinating article on the audio quality of professional music today. The interesting part wasn't that MP3's are poorer in quality. The format was created to reduce file sizes. That's expected.

But the albums today are mixed louder in anticipation of their being ripped into MP3's or being played in loud settings.

Here is an interesting thing. Look at a snapshot of the volume level for Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Now look at the volume signature for an Artic Monkeys song.


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