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Melo theory 4th December 2012 07:03 AM

Very important measurements!
Find your favorites and try and hold back the tears :(

DR Database

You can also submit your own samples for testing.

Oh, and if you want to vent your frustration and disappointment on this issue feel free!
I have pure rage over this :mad:

pinkmouse 4th December 2012 07:11 AM


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Melo theory 4th December 2012 07:14 AM

Ok, this section is fine....
I just want it to be seen by many!

john k... 4th December 2012 02:56 PM

What is this supposed to mean? Music that doesn't have wide dynamic range doesn't sound good? I don't follow the correlation.

freax 4th December 2012 03:07 PM

nice find, bookmarked.

I might contribute to the database too. There is software on their website which I assume does this. (You need to feed it a *.wav or *.mp3) inorder for it to spit back a score.

Clicking on the little i icons on their site spews back a lot of interesting information about the album aswell.

They had better add support for APE and FLAC though or this won't get off the ground.

What they really need on this project is a way for a user to pop in a CD and get the software to compare automatically with the server, and analyze the CD and submit it automatically if it doesn't exist.

Here is a sample of the log data:


foobar2000 1.1.15 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2012-11-30 15:28:37

Analyzed: The Smiths / Meat Is Murder

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR11 -0.96 dB -14.18 dB 4:52 01-The Headmaster Ritual
DR11 -0.43 dB -13.96 dB 4:20 02-Rusholme Ruffians
DR11 -1.10 dB -13.51 dB 3:14 03-I Want The One I Can't Have
DR10 -1.81 dB -12.96 dB 2:42 04-What She Said
DR12 -0.61 dB -15.39 dB 4:59 05-That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
DR14 -0.57 dB -16.57 dB 6:46 06-How Soon Is Now?
DR12 -0.89 dB -14.41 dB 2:37 07-Nowhere Fast
DR13 0.00 dB -15.65 dB 4:00 08-Well I Wonder
DR12 -1.22 dB -14.60 dB 6:57 09-Barbarism Begins At Home
DR13 -0.66 dB -16.27 dB 6:07 10-Meat Is Murder

Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 1411 kbps
Codec: CDDA

Soundtrackmixer 4th December 2012 05:26 PM


Originally Posted by john k... (
What is this supposed to mean? Music that doesn't have wide dynamic range doesn't sound good? I don't follow the correlation.

It's not that is doesn't sound good John, it that it has been limited to death squashing the dynamic range. Sometimes it sounds good, but most of the time it does not.

Soundtrackmixer 4th December 2012 05:32 PM

No wonder I don't see the kinds of damage to mixes that others see. There is not many songs on there I would listen to. :confused:

Pano 4th December 2012 06:22 PM

Thanks for the link. I'll do some comparisons with what my software tells me about the RMS value of the track.

Anyone know how the website analyzes?

Melo theory 4th December 2012 08:32 PM

My favorite band Sigur Ros has been squashed.
I'm sure a little compression is good for the huge crescendo's with post rock, but when it hits the orgasmic peak in the song, and the amplitude has a 3db rise and has even gone into clipping, it's like masterbation in the cellar next to the water heater like a little troll!
And usually, the vinyl masters are the same, so that doesn't help much.
Of course, some are better or else the needle would not pick up information, it would sound so fuzzy from the signal sinking right into the noise floor :)
By the way Freax, great album brother!
Maybe we can start a list for different genre's of the best DR recordings.
We can make them sticky's.
I'll start a new thread for my favorite, "post rock" and see if it gets some :cool:

jrenkin 4th December 2012 09:00 PM

Please do! I would love to have a list of well recorded music people think is worth hearing.

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