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Just a thought: perhaps that was the best they could get from the TV program.
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Lou Judson
Intuitive Audio
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On Dec 10, 2017, at 2:01 PM, Tim Gillett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thanks for your comments Dennis,
> 
> I did cite the Whitney live "Home" track's presentation as an exception and not as a general critique of "the industry".  I was more saying "garbage in/garbage out" and that the Youtube sound quality isnt the issue here.
> It's easy to understand an inexpert person making a mistake with mastering this particular track. The performance starts out very quietly. An inexperienced person might "set their  level" in the first 10 seconds, as if the volume will stay that way for the rest of the song,  unaware of the musical climax that is to follow. The result: serious distortion as we hear. What is baffling is how such a track from a major artist and major label got through quality control.
> Perhaps it'a partly ignorance: "it's an old recording: what do you expect?" Perhaps it comes down to each person involved in the production assuming that the other has done their job, and no one takes the trouble to as you say, listen to the thing all the way through. The song is only 4mins 30secs long.