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Re: [ARSCLIST] Libraries disposing of records
I have been in the recording industry in one way or another for years,
but I also possess an FCC license that started out as a first class
license for radio, when they were 'hard to get'. Put bluntly, there are
legal restrictions that AM/FM broadcasters need to adhere to, and they
limit such things as dynamic range. They MUST have gear that
restrains/maintains things in those areas. They are NOT going away, they
can't. With that in mind, at the very least record
companies/producers/engineers/mastering engineers should understand
this. Radio CAN'T change this, it is the law. Sure, they have some
latitude as to how the gear is adjusted, but less than you might
imagine. Once it seemed like this was just common recording engineering
knowledge, I must be getting old...
As a result, they have to be pretty inflexible as to their processing.
Sure, they also want to be the loudest station as you tune across the
dial in most cases... But that WILL happen, HAS happened for more years
than I've been alive. Still, they have more restrictions actually placed
on them that the rest of the recording chain. This was not true when
vinyl was king, it was different but 'similar' in discipline. If the
industry was in fact recording and mastering to fit the needs of radio,
it wouldn't sound like it does right now.
A good deal of yesteryear's best broadcast compression/limiting chain is
to be now found in the possession of the best recording engineers doing
fine mixes. Fairchild, anyone ? Tubes, don't ya know... Still, one
should NEVER overdo a good thing... But a old broadcast tube limiter set
to small settings is very nice indeed. Again, just IMHO..
..and yes, I'm not a 'tube guy'. My eyes are well and truly open...
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Richter
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2007 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Libraries disposing of records
Scott Phillips wrote:
> I just have to respond to this, even though I agree with 90% of it...
> Use sound forge or similar and look at a remastered LP at the least,
> or a current recording... The results are a LOT of square waves that
> result from the misuse of plugin compressors or 'mastering' software.
There is a page on the subject at one of my WWW sites:
While it has little that will be new to those on this list, it may be
useful in communicating with others.