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eamon123
post Feb 4 2013, 04:53
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Take the Halo 4 OST, for example; thousands of dollars went into making it (they even included DVDs in the special edition dedicated to the soundtrack's making), only to be marred by gross unnecessary compression at the final hurdle. It's a such a shame when this is done to otherwise great music.
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db1989
post Feb 4 2013, 14:11
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And here I was thinking that soundtracks were the one place where dynamics might be able to survive as even the worst engineers would realise the need for them. sad.gif
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post Feb 4 2013, 15:12
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QUOTE (db1989 @ Feb 4 2013, 14:11) *
And here I was thinking that soundtracks were the one place where dynamics might be able to survive as even the worst engineers would realise the need for them. sad.gif

I can imagine that in a computer game music can be too distracting when it has a lot of dynamics. So, in that case they might choose for a low dynamic range and a low level.

However, it's a shame that they don't release a high dynamic range version on CD.
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post Feb 4 2013, 21:40
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QUOTE (bug80 @ Feb 4 2013, 15:12) *
QUOTE (db1989 @ Feb 4 2013, 14:11) *
And here I was thinking that soundtracks were the one place where dynamics might be able to survive as even the worst engineers would realise the need for them. sad.gif

I can imagine that in a computer game music can be too distracting when it has a lot of dynamics. So, in that case they might choose for a low dynamic range and a low level.

However, it's a shame that they don't release a high dynamic range version on CD.


It is quite the opposite actually. Using the TT DR Offline meters most game soundtracks have DR10-14 dB. Even the noisy 22 Khz ADPCM tracks have that dynamic range. And games using tracked music have even better DRs.
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post Feb 4 2013, 22:59
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QUOTE (Neuron @ Feb 4 2013, 20:40) *
And games using tracked music have even better DRs.
FM synthesis, represent! biggrin.gif

Re Halo 4: Very strange that the game would have proper music whereas the dedicated release of the soundtrack would be mangled. What was going through their minds there?!
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post Feb 4 2013, 23:14
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QUOTE (db1989 @ Feb 4 2013, 22:59) *
Very strange that the game would have proper music whereas the dedicated release of the soundtrack would be mangled. What was going through their minds there?!

Well, according to allmusic.com the album was mastered by Shawn Joseph. I don't know the guy, but a quick look at his portfolio shows that he normally does mastering for R&B/Pop/Rock/Electronic albums. So, he probably approached the Halo 4 soundtrack in the same way he always works...
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