PS3 offers consolation for dynamics-deprived Metallica fans

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New technology is often blamed for ruining sound quality, with downloads getting a particularly rough ride. But now it seems the latest gadgets are striking a blow for audio purity, at least when it comes to the new Metallica album Death Magnetic.

According to MusicRadar the version available for download for the PlayStation 3 game Guitar Hero is actually less compressed than the CD release. It seems as though the constant desire to make music sound one louder than anyone else has led to a more compressed and clipped mastering job, and Metallica’s army of fans are already demanding a re-mastered release.

And if you can’t quite believe your ears, then there’s a more technical explanation on Mastering Engineer Ian Shepherd’s blog

2 Comments

  • Ian Shepherd says:

    Check out the YouTube comparison video here:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DRyIACDCc1I&fmt=18

  • Shaun Marin says:

    Thanks for the link Ian, it really hits home when you see it illustrated in that way!

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