- Lizanne Hennessey
Singer Songwriter & Vocal Coach, Lizanne Hennessey - Voice Coach
Who can put a stop to The Loudness War?
If you are familiar with the term, you are most likely fighting this war yourself.
I am a musician, married to another musician/recording engineer. I am also a listener, a person with respect, appreciation and love for music. The Loudness war has been going on ever since the 1980's and since the introduction of the CD, dynamics are slowly but surely disappearing from music altogether. I, for one, want them back.
Mastering engineers are getting a bad rep for "making music louder". Listeners are suffering from "fatiguing", instruments are so drowned in limiters, compressors, we can barely recognize them, and due to "clipping", music sounds distorted, mutated and just plain awful.
Mastering engineers like Greg Calbi:
And Bob Katz:
are speaking up, and taking the pledge to not participate. There is evidence all over the place that the loudness of a song has no effect on whether that song sells or not. Producers, product managers and, sadly, even some artists are suffering from"loudness envy", and music is the victim.
Digital music doesn't have to be louder than loud. Someone can put an end to this war, but who?