The Dynamic Range Day Award

Watch the webcast to see who won !

The Dynamic Range Day Award is given annually to a great-sounding, dynamic album - proving
that music doesn’t have to be crushed to be popular and successful.

To be considered for the award, an album must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • The overall Integrated Loudness must be no higher than -10 LUFS as measured with an R128 meter
  • OR the complete album must measure no less than DR8 on the TT Meter
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    Simply post your suggestion via Twitter or the Facebook page and we’ll take a listen !

    How and why do we choose these values ?

    Dynamic Range Day is all about the real-world sound, not the numbers – and to claim that DR16+ is a “requirement” for great sound simply doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

    The aim of the award is to highlight mainstream releases which sound great and haven’t been “smashed”. Values of <-11 LUFS or >DR10 will probably sound better than the minimum requirements for the award, but it is possible to get great sound at even higher levels, so these values have been chosen to reflect that.

    The winner of the 2013 award was…

    “Blunderbuss” by Jack White (DR11)


     
    To read a discussion of why this album made such a worthy winner, please click here.

    Steven Wilson’s superb “The Raven that Refused to Sing” came a very close second !

    The other nominees last year were:

    • My Bloody Valentine – “MBV” (DR11)
    • Steven Wilson – “The Raven that Refused to Sing” (DR9)
    • Ólafur Arnalds – “For Now I Am Winter”  (DR11)
    • Mumford & Sons – Babel (DR8)
    • Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up! (DR9)
    • Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana (DR8)
    • Orbital – Wonky (DR8)
    • Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe (DR9)
    You can hear tracks from many of these albums in this Spotify playlist:




    The My Bloody Valentine album can be heard here

    For even more great-sounding dynamic records from 2012, check out this list.

    Previous years:

    The winner of 2012′s award was Björk for “Biophilia”

    (The winner needs to have an overall DR rating of DR8 or more)

    The winner of 2011′s award was…

     
    Elbow, for “Build A Rocket, Boys”

    Watch a video of Craig Potter – Elbow’s keyboard player, mixer & producer – accepting the award on behalf of the band here.

    A truly worthy winner, this album sounds superb and is crammed full of outstanding songs and performances.

    Proving that great music can (and should !) be full of dynamics, the album overall measures DR8 with the TT Loudness Meter, with individual songs measuring DR10 or DR12.

    Measurements are only ever a guide though, and to re-enforce this point, several tracks are as loud as DR6. In the context of the whole album, these huge moments just emphasise the emotion and power of the music – dynamics used as they were meant to be.

    Elbow, we salute you !

    More about the Dynamic Range Day Award

    The idea of the award is to show that dynamic music can be both popular and successful, confirming that the so-called Loudness Wars are a myth – a modern fairy-tale.

    Any of the nominees would have made a worthy winner – our hope is that more bands will follow their example.

    Watch a recording of the live announcement

    To see the announcement, click here

     

    The full list of nominees was:


    Laura Marling – “I Speak Because I Can”
    LCD Soundsystem – “This Is Happening”
    The Coral – “Butterfly House”
    Elbow – “Build A Rocket Boys !”
    Massive Attack – “Heligoland”
    Neil Young – “Le Noise”
    Mumford & Sons – “Sigh No More”
    Four Tet – “There Is Love In You”
    Norah Jones – “…Featuring”

    Chosen by the Dynamic Range Day Panel 2011


    Charles DyeSimon AskewBig Al WagnerJake JacksonNick Watson,
    Friedemann TischmeyerIan Shepherd

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