This short video shows one of my favourite moments from Dynamic Range Day this year.
The title of the talk was
Loudness Is Pointless
I’m demonstrating the new Nugen VisLM loudness meter to students at Northbrook college, here in the UK, and I switch between “My Name Is” by Eminem (DR9) and “Turn Out The Lights”, by Kanye West (DR3).
Just listen to the audience reaction !
That’s what people think of the “loudness war” sound when playback volumes are equal – and that’s how it’s going to sound in the near future. You can try the same comparison yourself in this Spotify Playlist.
(Make sure the “Set the same volume level for all tracks” preference setting is still checked – it’s the default, so probably will be)
As I said in the talk – this is the future. New loudness standards being introduced in broadcast all over the world mean that soon, this is how the majority of listeners will hear the “loudness war” sound.
(I also love the fact the John Cage is on the wall behind me – coincidence ?!?)
So – that’s my favourite moment – what about the bigger picture ?
Dynamic Range Day this year was a triumph
…Though I do say so myself !
We more than doubled the number of hits to the website comapared to last year; we more than doubled the number supporters on both Facebook and Twitter; and over 60,000 people read my interview on the CEPro website just in the few days around DRD alone.
Over 2000 people entered the competition and over 1200 people have watched the webinar with Al Wagner and grammy-winner Charles Dye from TurnMeUp, which includes a much more complete demonstration of loudness metering. You can watch the webinar replay here.
As if all that isn’t enough, we had 49 global MeetUp events taking place all over the world – in London, Cambridge, Berlin, Lima, Novi Sad, Mexico City, Bangkok, Bogota, Brooklyn, Bucharest, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Miami, Sydney, Sheffield, Warsaw, Sao Paulo and more…
This picture is from just one of the MeetUps, at Azul studios in Mexico.
Once again we had fantastic industry support from the sponsors of the competition – Solid State Logic, Bowers & Wilkins, TC Electronic, Fluid Mastering, Harrison Mixbus, Home Studio Corner, Audiofile Engineering and Audio Issues, plus NAD Electronics and PSB Speakers, who organised their own DRD listening event.
The Dynamic Range Day Award was chosen by DRD supporters voting on Facebook this year, and was awarded to Bjork, for “Biophilia“. Her management posted updates on her Twitter account and Facebook pages, where they were seen by literally millions of followers.
So, once again we’d like to say Thank You to all our supporters, and to everyone who took part – and we’ll see you next year !
Unless the war is already over by then…