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ArtistDaft Punk
AlbumRandom Access Memories (HDtracks) [questionable HDtracks competence]
Year2013
Album DR08
Min. track DR06
Max. track DR09
Track DR 09 09 07 08 07 07 07 08 09 09 08 07 06 (might not be in original order)
CodecOther lossless codec
SourceUnknown
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CommentReally ridiculous, that HDtracks not acquired the master record, and LP version sounds better than HDtracks version, which is just as dynamic as CD version (not better). Of course the main problem is: who the fuck needs compression on CD ??? The problem is not the medium (CD). If you digitize the LP, and then convert it to 44.1kHz/16bit audio you'll get a better CD version, than the official CD release. What's this if not an intentional destruction of CD format ? I'd like to make a comment. It's not HDTracks' fault. They sell what the label provides them. The problem is the record companies and sometimes the artist. They think a loud, compressed mess is what people want to hear. There are also many incompetent mastering engineers out there. I'm not sure who did this one though, but the album actually sounds better than it looks here. As far as the vinyl record sounding better, that is debatable, but let's refer to other sites to discuss that. Comment from different user: they could tell the labels that they have no desire to sell dynamically challenged masters because their audience isn't looking for it. They are the only vendor that has a high resolution dynamic 2.0 version of Dream Theater's newest album, even the DVD-Audio 2.0 track is loudness wars while the 5.1 breathes nicely, why were HDTracks the ONLY vendor to get a dynamic stereo mix? With Beck now only the vinyl and downloadable vinyl .mp3 card gets you dynamics. it's getting out of hands. I agree though, stop it at the label and you stop it everywhere. ^^ I think part of that might be that they are just trying to get more money out of you. I agree though, why don't they just make ALL of the music dynamic? Radio already applies its own compression, and for the kids with iPods - they need to learn how to use soundcheck, or drop it into Audacity and squash the dynamic range if they want it loud. "There are also many incompetent mastering engineers out there. I'm not sure who did this one though, but the album actually sounds better than it looks here." ----> Bob Ludwig mastered it and won a grammy for it in "Best Engineered Album, non-classical".

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