Test Tracks: The Bad Stuff

The following is a strange list. It’s a collection of recordings that should give you some kind of an idea of a worst-case scenario. These are NOT good recordings – but they’re good examples of how bad a recording can be…

Artist: Metallica

Album: Death Magnetic

Track: All Nightmare Long

Label: Warner, Vertigo

Comments: This thing has no dynamic range to speak of and it clips all over the place. Look at it in a DAW display and you’ll be amazed that it’s recognisable as music…

  1. Thank you Bart, Your links have brought me “up to speed” on the loudness wars. Now, if we can get a similar movement started to apply the principles to the loudness of advertising on TV and radio….

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