RE: [podcasters] compressing everything at once?
On Thu, 2007-10-25 at 22:48 -0500, David Smith wrote:
On my show I never compress the music that we've chosen to play on the
program. Most music now is already OVERCOMPRESSED. These kids who
record their own material and then hear their favorite records on K-Rock
from their favorite artists, and want their stuff to play as loudly as
the radio, and the squeeze the snot out of their mixes. Even music from
the major labels is over-compressed, but the difference is the tools the
big studios have to compress music keeps the big label stuff somewhat
Anyway, I only compress the talk part of my show, and leave the music
we've chosen exactly as it was when we found it.
Robust progressive conversation shared over a bottle of good wine,
tempered with humor and independent music.
> Mine is just, me talking, play music for a while, me talking, and so
> Not voice over music. So maybe it's okay, just because they're pretty
> much separate anyway.
> It was 25 Oct 2007, when Steven R. Boyett commented:
> > Music will be compressed in a wide variety of ways according to the
> > range desired. Background music for vocals is usually fairly
> compressed, as
> > a wide dynamic range will stand out and be distracting.
> > Vocals should always be compressed, especially if going over music.
> > Increasing overall volume while decreasing dynamic range gives an
> > impression of loudness and helps assure quieter parts of the vocal
> are not
> > lost in the music bed.
> > Compressed vocals are mixed over the compressed music. The relative
> > are adjusted (either on track bounce or when laying the vocal onto
> > music track) so that the music is the desired volume below the
> > Usually music is turned down a decent amount (anywhere from -4dB to
> > and vox are turned down a touch (-1dB or so) to allow for harmonics
> > vocals combine with music to create clipped peaks. Very rarely would
> > compressed vox or music be turned UP during this mixing process.
> > Then the whole thing is usually normalized -- that is, the volume is
> > brought up by a few dB, compressed a tad more. Most sound engineers
> > add some EQ here, expecially on the 4K range or so (if I remember
> > correctly) to add what they call "sparkle"). For the most part this
> > overkill for podcasters, but it certainly doesn't hurt to normalize
> > whole thing by a dB or two.
> > If you put uncompressed vox over uncompressed music, you enormously
> > the bandwidth range you can select to work on (where musical
> > shares bandwidth with voice) and the dynamic range you can adjust
> > can't make the vox louder without making the background music
> louder). The
> > best you can do is EQ tweaking and a sort of mastering-level final
> > normalizing.
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