Yet another Vinyl vs. CD/Digital debate

Cory K. coryisatm at
Wed Feb 20 20:56:09 GMT 2008

Dave Ricketzz wrote:
> The dynamic range should match the end-user listening environment. 
> Pop music is mixed for MP-3 players, good jazz is not.

Oh only if it were this simple.

Mastering for a MP3 player, is, IMO, complete shit. Mastering for close
to a hi-end system or making it sound great in the studio, has served us
all well in the past. This mastering for portable players type thinking
is a recent craptastic trend. We go buy better headphones or better
equipment if we want better sound. Hell, portables have EQs and volume
controls on them don't they? ;)

The fidelity of the source shouldn't be touched. People want it louder,
let 'em do it when they make the MP3s.

This disease is not just infecting the pop world either. Classic rock
re-masters like I said are being "re-mastered" this way as well as new
rock/metal albums. Red Hot Chile Peppers, Rush, Dream Theater and so on,
and so on. Bands usually know for fidelity are having this pushed on
them bu record labels and producers. I found a big list at one point.
I'll grab it if you're interested.

-Cory \m/

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