Compression Vs. Compression Aug01

Compression Vs. Compression

With some rare exceptions, the reaction by much of the audio press to the recently released video, “The Distortion of Sound,” from Harman audio group, has been to basically take everything in it at face value, the type of “journalism” usually reserved for the empty suits on TV news. The video is a little over twenty minutes long, and it’s mostly a collection of sound bites from various prominent artists and composers, along with a few producers and engineers. I would encourage you to watch it if you have the time, but if not, the gist of it boils down to this – the MP3 and streaming music services are the worst thing to ever happen to...

Vinterbris – Solace Jul31

Vinterbris – Solace

Vinterbris (“Winter Breeze”) are a four piece melodic black metal band out of Bergen, Norway who independently released an EP back in 2010, and then only a year later, followed up with their self-titled full length debut. Unfortunately, both for the most part fell on deaf ears – well almost, as Nordavind Records took notice of these young whippersnappers and inked a deal to distribute their now recently released sophomore record, Solace. Think Immortal, but with a keener focus on melody than your typical Norwegian bred fury. I also hear a bit of Agalloch, especially in the folkish acoustic interludes sprinkled throughout,...

Auto-Tuned Out Jul28

Auto-Tuned Out

Producer Glenn Fricker of Spectre Media Group has posted plenty of interesting videos on metal recording, but one in particular has really caught my eye. It’s a nearly ten minute tirade on the evils of Auto-Tune, Beat Detective, time alignment, sample replacement, and many of the other modern tricks of the recording trade that he claims are destroying the metal we love. The track he uses as his prime example, Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast,” is a really great case for another reason, which I’ll explain in a minute. First, watch the video: The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or...

Interview: Collin Jordan of The Boiler Room

Unless you have been living under a rock for over the past decade, then you are probably aware that the Windy City has a thriving extreme metal scene featuring artists such as Lord Mantis, Avichi, Indian, and Nachtmystium (yes, I know) to name just a few. And engineer Collin Jordan of The Boiler Room has been right in the thick of it, mastering many of your favorite records in and out of Chicago. I recently had an opportunity to speak with Collin about the Boiler Room, mastering for vinyl, and the importance of dynamics in metal. MFi: Collin, how did you get started in the production business and why did you found The Boiler Room? Collin: I...

Peachtree Audio Is Feeling Blue Jul22

Peachtree Audio Is Feeling Blue

Though they are known mostly for their somewhat Apple-esque amplifiers, with their signature glowing blue triode buffer stages and wooden cases, Bellevue, Washington’s Peachtree Audio have dipped their toes into the world of speakers when the former ERA Acoustics speaker brand was brought under the Peachtree umbrella by parent company Signal Path International. Combine a loudspeaker with Peachtree’s general penchant for forward looking design and features that reflect modern listening habits, and you end up with deepblue, or rather its appropriately titled sequel, deepblue2, which is the company’s latest attempt to build the ultimate...

The Flesh Prevailed But Dynamics Did Not Jul18

The Flesh Prevailed But Dynamics Did Not

So what is turning into perhaps a true watershed moment, Kronos’ review of the latest Fallujah record, The Flesh Prevails, has sparked quite an impassioned conversation about the value of dynamics in metal among AMF readers, staffers, and yours truly. Why? Because in his review Kronos confesses that his enjoyment of the record had been significantly reduced due to the copious amounts of dynamic range compression and brickwall limiting applied. The net result was an overall underwhelming listening experience despite the strength of the record musically. I wholeheartedly suggest you read the entire review since it’s chock full of...