Playing The Loud Angel

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An interesting look at the production quality of Mode’s most recent studio album. Alan, where are you…?

Depeche Mode – Playing The Angel – Another victim of the loudness race

The vinyl recording was normalized to maximum peak value. Comparing the two waveforms, it’s abundantly clear how much sound detail was sacrificed (on the CD edition) for the sake of MAXIMUM LOUDNESS. Is that progress?! I did actually listen to the CD and vinyl versions (at matched volume levels) for the sake of comparison, and my personal opinion was that the subtle details on the vinyl edition were indeed more…errr, subtle! Unlike the CD version, which is the musical equivalent of being shouted at.

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