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garym
2013-04-02, 08:29
For those recordings that haven't already had the dynamic range of music compressed beyond ruin by the loudness wars, your iphone can now do it for you:

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/tips/comments/enabling-late-night-audio-mode/

(No, this wasn't published on April 1....I checked that first).

cliveb
2013-04-02, 08:54
For those recordings that haven't already had the dynamic range of music compressed beyond ruin by the loudness wars, your iphone can now do it for you:

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/tips/comments/enabling-late-night-audio-mode/

(No, this wasn't published on April 1....I checked that first).
It's understandable to have an initial knee-jerk reaction of "oh God, not MORE compression, that's bad".

But IMHO this is good news. Dynamic compression is definitely desirable in some listening situations - on a train, in the car, etc. And it's patently obvious that the proper place to apply this compression should be in the playback device. So the fact that Apple now provide such a feature on the dominant music playback device on the planet - the iPhone, and hopefully iPod as well - might possibly mean that we could see less compression applied at the mastering stage. The only downside is that Apple have called it "late night mode", so some people might never realise that it will be useful for noisy environments.

Mnyb
2013-04-02, 10:15
It's understandable to have an initial knee-jerk reaction of "oh God, not MORE compression, that's bad".

But IMHO this is good news. Dynamic compression is definitely desirable in some listening situations - on a train, in the car, etc. And it's patently obvious that the proper place to apply this compression should be in the playback device. So the fact that Apple now provide such a feature on the dominant music playback device on the planet - the iPhone, and hopefully iPod as well - might possibly mean that we could see less compression applied at the mastering stage. The only downside is that Apple have called it "late night mode", so some people might never realise that it will be useful for noisy environments.

Late Nigth Mode may be to mimick the similar function that many AC3 (dolby digital) Recievers and processors have , for movies you can do this to not wake the whole house .

Movies actually has dynamic range , the sad situation is that movies even in lossy formats as ac3 or dts sound better than many popular recordings....

But yeas it should be in the playback device :) next goal, universal use of replaygain

garym
2013-04-02, 10:18
It's understandable to have an initial knee-jerk reaction of "oh God, not MORE compression, that's bad".

But IMHO this is good news. Dynamic compression is definitely desirable in some listening situations - on a train, in the car, etc. And it's patently obvious that the proper place to apply this compression should be in the playback device. So the fact that Apple now provide such a feature on the dominant music playback device on the planet - the iPhone, and hopefully iPod as well - might possibly mean that we could see less compression applied at the mastering stage. The only downside is that Apple have called it "late night mode", so some people might never realise that it will be useful for noisy environments.

hadn't thought of it that way....very good point.

bakker_be
2013-04-02, 11:42
But yeas it should be in the playback device :) next goal, universal use of replaygain

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