Today is Dynamic Range Day!

Here’s one of my favorite videos from Ian Shepherd that shows a real-life example of why louder isn’t any better…in fact, it can be WORSE. Watch it here:

  • Joshua Lim

    Something also to note though is that it’s not just about the magic DR number. Some genres of music do sound better with 6-7db of dynamic range than 10-11. But yes, reducing dynamic range purely for the sake of increasing loudness is silly.

  • Dan Bires

    Not me. You can strip the artifacts from a really loud mix and all you will hear is distortion. I wish ian would have demonstrated this. I have seen this done before and those mixes you think are thin really are not. Just turn your dial up to 10 instead of 3 or 5 and you will be amazed.

  • Carlos Osuna Lever

    Hi there! I just love your podcast and thanks for that! I´m a musician, composer and home studio owner and producer (not that I consider myself that experienced in the matter) I actually tend to prefer loud sounds in my mixes, and obviously depends ond the kind of music your producing-recording.. like Rock, Pop, ballad, a gentle acoustic soft pop folk, etc.. But I rather go for “louder” sounds than lower thinner and kind of weak ones.. though, I kind of prefer more “presenced” sounds (if I can used that expression) I mean, I have heard lots of well produced music with all the care and detail using good headphones, recordings made very, very present, where the instruments sound really defined, clear, individual yet in a combo mix with the rest, and, above all, PRESENT!! in the mix.. which I love and then try to acomplish since in my mixes.. So, really in fact, I´ll go for very PRESENT mixes than just “LOUD” ones.. thanks and love to read some comments on mine! Bless you guys

    • Hey Carlos,

      I think you might be missing my point. I’m not talking about loud sounds in the mix, I’m referring to the process of mastering the songs so loud that it kills the dynamics and makes them sound worse.