Overcompression, pegging VU meters, etc. to make MP3's sound good?

Discussion in 'Music' started by LanceJ, May 3, 2003.

  1. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    This thread over at stevehoffman.tv is what got me thinking about this.

    To me, MP3's below 96kbps sound really crappy. Dull, fuzzy highs & thin bass. Could the mastering engineers or artists be turning all the levels up on the mixing console to "10" to compensate for this? And also for the really lousy speakers most computers have?

    And most receivers and mini-systems no longer have loudness controls for proper listening at lower volumes where the ear is less sensitive to low bass & high frequencies, something which irritates me a lot at night. Another possible reason?

    Anybody else have thoughts on this?

    LJ
     
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  3. Rob Gillespie

    Rob Gillespie Producer

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    Yeah, 128 and below is really scraping it to be honest. 128 can sound fine on it's own, but compare it to a higher rate and you start noticing the problems. Anything less is low-grade audio, really.
     
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