Are Mastering And Compression Killing Sonic Quality?

Author Robert Levine explores the idea that, due to direct technology such as CD’s and mp3’s, music has become overly compressed and too loud for listeners to distinguish sonic subtleties.  This trend is especially interesting when considering the preferred aesthetic quality of Hip-Hop is loudness, particularly when applied to drums, and effects such as compression and EQ are so highly referenced as solutions to attaining a preferred sound.

Note: If, like me, you instantly recognized the picture of Donald Fagen, you’ve got serious issues that need to be immediately addressed.

The Death of High Fidelity – Rolling Stone Magazine

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