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Re: Euphonic Compression

Doesn't this seem totally backwards?

Consider a brass marching band. It is loud and it has transient peaks like no tomorrow. Is it painful, unpleasant? No.

I suggest that "unpleasantness" and "too loud" as perceived by listeners to stereo systems are the result of overloads -- and the resulting distortion -- somewhere in the reproduction chain. And that compression, no matter how accomplished, is at best a band-aid solution to these problems.

Regarding tape recording. IIRC, the principal consequence of recording at "+" VU meter settings is an increase in harmonic distortion. That produces the "fat sound," just as has been demonstrated with amps that produce a lot of harmonic distortion when driven hard but not to the point of clipping the waveform.

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