On 14/06/07, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
> The other harsh reality (which I know all too well) is that most of
> the parties debating these details are at least into middle age, if
> not past...and as such have lost a significant part of the hearing
> they once had!
A harsh reality lots of folks fail to understand is that hearing losses are
non-linear and can just as easily excaudate the impact of distortion
artifacts as hide them. I find my clients who have severe hearing damage
more sensitive to subtlety like different kinds of dither or the lack
thereof. Some have even called to ask about what turned out to be changes
I've made in CD burner speed and other factors that logically ought to make
no audible difference.
For this reason I go out of my way to make certain anything I do in
mastering is making a significant improvement in the subjective presentation
of a mix as opposed to a subtle one. To paraphrase a classic session
musician saying, I've always found "when in doubt, leave it out" is very
much the case with audio signal processing.
Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
Over 40 years making people sound better than they ever imagined!