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RE: Depends on what they did

>> wouldn't compression of some kind be a necessary evil?

That's another "depends" - who's the artist, what's the genre, what musical instruments, what's the mix of acoustic vs amplified, and so on.

A small acoustic vocal or instrumental group may be fine with no limiting or compression at all. Perhaps even a classical orchestra, depending on the work they're playing and who's in charge of the ultimate sound quality.

However, throw in a drum kit with close miking and you may need some limiting to keep the odd drum strike from overloading things. Move that to a rock group with the lead singer swallowing his mike with a bunch of amplified instruments getting banged, and you'll probably need a lot more compression and limiting to get the "sound" the producer is after.

I don't think many knowledgeable people on the recording side would claim that no compression and no limiting are the only way to record. The problem is that for some outfits, it's simply become a race to see who can make their music the loudest. Unfortunately with CDs, they have a brick wall when it comes to how loud you can make a recording. That means you have to clip severely and compress the daylights out of the music to win that prize.

I've never quite figured out who that impresses and why, but it's sure not the way I like my recordings.


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