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Old 20th January 2013, 11:18 AM   #31
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It's not digital & It isn't cheap, but my dbx 5BX is able to add Impact back into analog music, & increase the dynamic range (both quieter & louder) of analog music.

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Old 20th January 2013, 12:08 PM   #32
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I think I have to buy one, or somthing similar, for my stereo... Probably a hardware compander is more user-friendly for testing... ;-) Thanks
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Old 20th January 2013, 12:18 PM   #33
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Just so you know, the ONLY dbx Range Expander, that is TRUE STEREO, is the Original 3BX, from the late 70's. ALL other dbx range expanders (& I've owned them all), combine both stereo signals, to arrive at a Single Upward/Downward expansion value, that is applied to Both channels.

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Old 20th January 2013, 12:30 PM   #34
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DON'T buy Any range expander, that only uses broadband frequency level to determine Upward or Downward expansion. Example Pioneer RG-1.

This also applies to dbx NR type II.

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Old 22nd January 2013, 08:17 AM   #35
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Here you can see some (old and new) Albums (original CD-Versions) analysed with the Ber-SD ClippingAnalyzer (Excel Worksheet).

My Clipping & Loudness Database

I will have to work a bit more on the page but have little time these days... I was not really satisfied with the way it looked before, o well...
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Old 31st January 2013, 03:35 PM   #36
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So after the day's work is done, I added some more albums to the list...

StigErik: Would you mind, if I'd add your Donald Fagen 'hack'?
Of Course you will be credited in the small, yet growing thanks list :-)


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Old 21st February 2013, 11:56 PM   #37
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The result of this "tampering with nature" is in my opinion very pleasing, and made me actually listen to these albums in a way I've never done before.

1. EQ - drop the bass below 100 Hz several dB (a little variation from track to track - anywhere between 6 and 10 dB). Lift the top end at 20k some 6 dB. Drop the 4 kHz area 4-5 dB.

2. Apply some mild stereo enhancer above 250 Hz. This takes away some of the "hard" character of the sound, as the center of the stereo image gets less focus.

3. Very mild reverb to sweeten it (Lexicon 4080L software plug-in) The reverb itself is not audible.

4. A little dynamic expansion of the upper 2-3 dB, to get a little "faster" transients. Must be used VERY carefully.

5. Master the whole thing to peak no higher than -1 dB.

I did this in Samplitude (good and old software).

Hi Stig

The approach you used with Samplitude sounds very “right”

But . . MAGIX Samplitude ? Audio production . . I cant justify its cost of $499.

Does anyone know a less expensive standalone package that does dynamic expansion and EQ? reverb and a stereo enhancer would be nice

Or know a forum that discusses sound engineering software for the home/ enthusiastic amateur, ie not pro?
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Old 23rd February 2013, 05:51 AM   #38
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otto88: post26, the free JB VST plugin bundle contains several useful tools, ... you can even host VST plugins e.g. in an audio player like Winamp, why not have a look how I am doing this here or here... !

Have a nice day!
ven

(P.S. there is another interesting free VST plugin called "EQ22". It is kind of a vintage tube EQ, but also features some dynamics manipulation. if you push the levers upward it somehow expands (if I remember right), though it is not really explained what it exactly does ... )
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Old 24th February 2013, 11:05 AM   #39
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Thanks ven

But the VST plugins, what do they plug into?
Media playing sofware, ripping software, or crossover software?

Thanks ..
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