Originally Posted by JHAz
Cutting the bass will not work with significantly dynamic content. IConsider a recording of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. The first movement is very very quiet. About as quietly as you can get a piano to make noise. The second movement begins with the pianist pounding the piano about as hard as possible. So if I have the opening set so I can reasonably hear at least the high points (if not all the hall sound) at say 55 or 60 dB, movement 2 kicks in at maybe 80 dB. It doesn't have to be in the bass for it to travel within my house and disturb others.
FWIW, if I had a well isolated listening area, I likely would never use dynamic control except maybe for bedtime "listening."
if the first part was at 55dB and you have a limiter set to 55dB .. the rest would not jump to 80dB.
i suppose drywall and insulation doesnt muffle midrange and treble as well as it could.
i was talking about a situation where the midrange and treble wasnt an issue.
acoustic blankets can help reduce the midrange and treble.
i dont see why they cant replace insulation.. but maybe the excessive heat in the wall makes the blanket fibers change, and then they dont do their acoustic job as well.
thats a question for the manufacturer (or the people selling the blankets)
compressors are decent for late night listening when you dont want to bother anybody else in the house, but the audio doesnt have dynamics anymore.
nothing soft or loud.. its all one volume and defeats the purpose of enjoying the audio.
thats why i said its better to use a limiter.. you get soft sounds soft, and the loud sounds arent allowed to play loud.
the listening experience between the two should be substantial.
but dont get me wrong, i cant stand movies that have audio passages that are too quiet and cant be heard without cranking the volume.. i think its stupid and shouldnt pass quality control.
one moment they are simply having a conversation and thinks are whispering quiet.. then the vocals rise in output as if they are walking together down a hall and have to talk loud enough so that they can concentrate on walking while listening and comprehending what the other person said.
if the microphone wasnt far away, you could still comprehend that the two actors are whispering (or talking very low and clear)
its the tone of voice used in contrast with the amplitude.
even if you have your system turned up loud enough to hear those whispers loud and clear.. its better to use a limiter to limit everything else.
the ability to have a neutral (average) output level, with the ability to get softer, is more enveloping.
in all honesty, we need a limiter to reduce the peaks.. and another limiter to raise the softest sounds.
allowing some up and down.. more than what a compresser allows.
i've used the 'smart volume management' from creative and it doesnt allow any up and down.
i've also used the 'night' setting under the dolby dynamic range settings.
it doesnt allow much up and down either.
they work great to raise the soft and keep the peaks down.. but anything in between is stuck at a constant output level.
sure, maybe this is exactly what some people want when they are trying to keep the noise down.. they turn the compressor on and raise the volume until its loud enough to be heard (or low enough to not disturb)
i think it sounds too flat and compressed.
sounds like the microphone has a giant satellite dish on it to capture all of the audio, but the magnifying glass 'zooming in' should still have soft up/down changes.
like listening to an actor talk, and another actor sets down a cup of coffee and the sound of the cup being put on the table is the same volume as the actors voice.
the cup should be at least lower some