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John Mayer's Latest -- Too Compressed!, Heavy compression on modern CDs.. ugh.
delusion_
post May 19 2004, 23:05
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I've been listening to John Mayer's latest CD, "Heavier Things", and cannot believe how compressed it sounds. Does anyone else share this opinion? Listen near the end of the first track, Clarity.. when the trumpets start in with the guitars. Or a great example is on "Something's Missing", from about the 3:20 mark and onward. Terrible distortion of the bass/high end, from what sounds to be heavy compression.

Is it just me/my equipment, or what? Anyone else listened to this CD and thought similiar?

At first I thought it was a ripping problem, but I've tried three different drives, and all using Exact Audio Copy in secure mode... exact same wavforms each time.

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post May 22 2004, 15:53
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I believe a serious problem in the "loundess" race is also the widespread acceptance of [digital] brickwall limiters, which offer a completely different processor than ordinary compressors and limiters (basically high-ratio compressors.)

Anyone familiar with Waves' L1 and L2 knowa the drill. Pull the threashold down, watch the loundess soar. No physical clipping.

The really sad thing about it all is that major studios, and even a lot of the little guys, are recording through some of the most awe-inspiring signal chains, capturing sound at resolutions which defy reason, only to have all that sound destroyed in final mixdown, pre-mastering, and mastering. What's the point of moving to DSD-inspired recording and playblack when we're only going to blow up the ballon (great image btw) to fill up that box as well.

*sigh*

On a funny note has anyone ever looked at the Classical Music EQ preset in Winamp? I just stumbled across it last night while looking for a zero function. It's just too much.


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- delusion_   John Mayer's Latest -- Too Compressed!   May 19 2004, 23:05
- - Teqnilogik   Odds are it is highly compressed since John Mayer ...   May 20 2004, 00:05
- - mithrandir   When I first heard "Heavier Things" on g...   May 20 2004, 02:22
- - teleguise   Please excuse what may be a 'laymen' quest...   May 22 2004, 02:29
- - Bonzi   teleguise, what they mean is that the volume of th...   May 22 2004, 02:41
- - shadowking   Interesting. I was at a local Thai food dine in re...   May 22 2004, 02:50
- - teleguise   Thanks 'Bonzi' for the link as well as qu...   May 22 2004, 03:56
- - Kaleb.G   I understand compression to be like trying to infl...   May 22 2004, 04:07
- - ShowsOn   Does that John Mayer CD also have copy protection?...   May 22 2004, 04:20
- - Rash   You guys are absolutely right. Is it only us, soun...   May 22 2004, 04:50
- - Jurg98   @ShowsOn: As far as I know, copy protection schem...   May 22 2004, 11:03
- - plunger   I believe a serious problem in the "loundess...   May 22 2004, 15:53
- - Kuuenbu   QUOTE (Rash @ May 21 2004, 10:50 PM)You guys ...   May 22 2004, 23:05
- - Undesirable   In my opinion, if you're paying for it then th...   May 23 2004, 01:57
- - analogy   "Compressed" when referring to a CD mean...   May 23 2004, 04:35
- - dreamliner77   Waves L1 and L2 can still be used artistically wit...   May 23 2004, 06:43
- - plunger   QUOTE (dreamliner77 @ May 22 2004, 09:43 PM)W...   May 23 2004, 17:06
- - analogy   QUOTE Waves L1 and L2 can still be used artistical...   May 23 2004, 19:23
- - precisionist   QUOTE I understand compression to be like trying t...   May 24 2004, 13:32
- - Rash   Lemme ask a newbie question. In which process of C...   May 28 2004, 22:10
- - chrisgeleven   QUOTE (Rash @ May 28 2004, 04:10 PM)Lemme ask...   May 29 2004, 01:08
- - plunger   Actually, it is not necessarily the mastering engi...   May 29 2004, 02:45
- - NeoMoose   Has anyone mentioned that John Mayer is going to s...   May 29 2004, 03:08
- - xiphmont   QUOTE (NeoMoose @ May 28 2004, 09:08 PM)Has a...   May 29 2004, 08:17


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