I've got a dilemma- how loud to make my Fusion CD? Should I create a final mix that approximates the loudness and dynamics of my favorite albums from the 70's, or go with something more contemporary? I have a huge problem with modern mixes. I recently listened to Santana's new album. He's a great musician and this album has fantastic solos, excellent guitar tracks!
There's one BIG problem- dynamics. I have not measured the levels, but it feels like a barrage of sound, where everything comes at your ears in a fierce way. This has the effect of making the emotional effects more even and less dramatic. Modern recordings are generally louder, but less powerful. It's all ffff. So, how far should we go in the direction of narrowing our dynamic range? How loud should our average RMS be? Santana's new CD is ruined by its loudness. It's so loud that it is TIRING to listen to. ....Music should be listenable.