Louis Hine wrote: "I wish the car manufacturers would add a compressor
feature to their car radios."
I think some of them have provided that feature for some time.
In addition to the increasing compression of commercially released music
over the last few decades, radio stations usually compress their broadcasts
even further, especially on the AM band. In one sense it's better done at
the station rather than at the car radio because it helps keep the quietest
parts of the broadcast above the noise and static in poor reception areas.
I thought the NYT article was well written, but compressed music is not
necessarily loud. It only sounds loud if it's also peak normalised.
As the writer said though, part of the push for more compressed recorded
music has been a change in consumer listening habits. More people seem to
listen to recorded music in noisy places such as public transport where
heavy compression does help. The problem comes when it's then listened to in
a quiet space.
The bottom line is we cant anticipate how each person will be listening to
their music. And while it's easy to compress a track when that's needed,
it's often much harder to "un" compress it and restore the dynamics. "Baked
in" compression can be a mixed blessing.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Louis Hone" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2019 1:20 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Compression
> Quite agree. I wish the car manufacturers would add a compressor feature
> their car radios.
> For example, a low treshold 2:1 ratio, so that the low volume passages
> would still be audible and the loud ones tamed down.
> A 60 dB dynamic range would be brought down to 30 dB (sort of like a DBX).
> When I went to Europe 15 years ago, I made a compilation of my favorite
> tunes onto a couple of CDs.
> I used that 2:1 compression trick so that the music would be audible on
> plane and without having to reach for the volume control all the time.
> Worked like a charm.
> On Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 11:01 AM George Brock-Nannestad <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
>> ..*.**Compression is good when you listen in an environment where the
>> signal-to-noise ratio is less than 10dB, close to the dangerous noise
>> at 80+ dB: many cars...*
>> Best wishes,
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