Originally Posted by penngray
I have no stake in the Vinyl/CD war because both are dead to me anyways We live in a digital world and people should move on from dead technologies
oy vey. you still don't get it.
It doesn't matter in the least if you're still spinning physical discs or not.. the poor mastering treatment is there to be heard no matter what. It doesn't magically disappear once you rip it to the hard drive, etc.
Here's an ugly, but all too common (song) waveform example of "modern" CD mastering practices over the last 10-15 years...
... No ebb 'n flow, no room for the listener to take an aural breath, everything squished together, a quieter instrument such as the organ gets represented as loudly in the mix as cymbal crashes, the louder you raise the volume the more congested and fatiguing the music gets, etc.
Again, it's not the fault of the CD format, it's the abuse of the CD format (with it's inherent flexibility/malleability to accommodate such abuse, apparently). Much of it borne from the misguided industry practice sometimes verbalized as "my artist needs to have their new release stand out and have more impact in order for it to be heard over the competitions new release, so make it louder!"
Just today, I was listening to Broken Social Scene in the car and I went to crank a good song but shortly after I had to turn it back down again. And I thought to myself at the time, like I so often do, "*sigh*, here's another cd/digital release that could & should have been treated to sound so much better"
. I bet the waveform would look very much like the one above.