Proper Audio Recording Levels

You're probably tracking too hot. Here's why...

This entry was viewed over 110,000 times in 2008, nearly 300,000 times in 2009, picked up by and published by Pro Sound Web in 2011 -- And is *still* waiting for tweaking... And I feel a bit guilty about it because (as of mid-2012), the e-mails just keep coming in. That said, evidently, the point is getting through. Occasionally, I might “bump” or “TTT” (To The Top) this article just to avoid scrolling.
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Metallica - A Silver Lining on the Loudness Cloud?

With the release of Metallica’s new album, “Death Magenetic,” an unprecedented backlash from fans and listeners have cast a new spotlight on the “Loudness Wars.” And this might be just what the industry needs...

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Loudness War 'In Real Life' - Anecdotal Evidence

A lot of people use the excuse “Well, I want my tracks to sound as loud as...” -- which is one thing. Others use the excuse “Well, a lot of people are listening in cars and on trains with iPods and such and I want everything to be heard...”

Anyone who’s ever actually listened has another story...
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Why Aren't My Mixes 'Loud' Like Commercial CD's?

More accurately, the question you should be asking yourself is "Why don't my recordings have the potential to be as loud as commercial CD's?"

(This is an incomplete post - a partial post I posted on an audio forum - to be updated soon)

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Mastering SCAMS - Let the Buyer Beware

READ THIS FIRST: This is going to read as a bit of a rant - To a point, it is.  This is NOT a rant against “budget” mastering facilities - Come on in - The water’s fine.  What this IS a rant against is deceptive facilities - The phonies, the “wannabees” - The scam artists that promise the world on a silver platter for the cost of a paper plate.  I’m quickly growing tired of seeing people being victimized by these hacks, and it’s time to help “arm” the uninitiated... 

(Yes, it’s back by popular demand. Can’t believe I didn’t put this on the new web site... Dated it for 2007 just to throw it down the list a bit. JS)There's More...