Friday (25 March) will see a full programme of online activity designed to make people more aware of over-compression during mixing and mastering, and the effect it is having on the sound of recorded music.
Organiser Ian Shepherd has launched an official site for the event (http://dynamicrangeday.co.uk), which contains details of a ‘challenge’ for engineers that commits them to retaining at least 8dB dynamic range in their next record/mix/master.
Explaining the motivation behind the event, Shepherd – who is the owner of UK mastering, mixing, production and authoring company Mastering Media Ltd – tells PSNE: “We want to encourage people to make their music more dynamic – and by ‘dynamic’ I only mean an overall dynamic range of 8dB or more – or ‘DR8’ as measured by the offline TT Loudness Meter. Most albums released these days are only DR6 or even less. A 2dB difference doesn’t sound like much, but at these levels it can make all the difference in the world.”
As part of his awareness-raising initiative, Shepherd is running a ‘spot the most dynamic mix’ competition (http://dynamicrangeday.co.uk/competition/), with prizes to include products from SSL and Bowers & Wilkins.
Competition winners will be announced via a live stream at the end of DRD 2011, when Shepherd will also reveal the identity of the best-sounding dynamic mix of 2010/11, as determined by a panel of respected engineers.
Keep up to date with the day’s events as they progress via the DRD Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/DynamicRangeDay).