Dynamic Range Day (DRD) founder Ian Shepherd is giving away over US$10,000 (£6,700) of pro-audio gear in this year's Dynamic Range Day Competition.
Participants who 'engage' with DRD on the event's website – that is, follow DRD on Twitter, sign up to receive event news, refer a friend, etc. – are entered into a prize draw to win a bundle containing an SSL Sigma analogue summing unit (worth £2,779), Bowers & Wilkins 685 speakers (worth £499), 10 Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB converters (worth £99 each), NAD VISO HP50 headphones and a host of other audio goodies.
The sixth Dynamic Range Day is this Friday (28 March). The event, organised by Mastering Media owner Shepherd, seeks to raise awareness of the Loudness War (see Dynamic Range Day heralds new movement against loudness) – described by DRD as "the sonic 'arms race' where every artist and label feel they need to crush their music onto CD at the highest possible level" – and challenges audio engineers to commit to keeping more than 10dB peak-to-loudness range (DR10) in their next recording, mix or master. It also presents the annual Dynamic Range Day Award to "a great-sounding, dynamic album – proving that music doesn’t have to be crushed to be popular and successful" (last year's winner was Daft Punk's Random Access Memories).