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post #31 of 34

For me, it boils down to vocal or not. If somebody's singing, my attention tends to drift towards parsing the lyrics, so I tend to avoid it... unless it's in a foreign language I don't understand so it comes across as a different kind of musical instrument.

 

Other than that, it is also the one time less dynamic range music (not strictly in the mastering sense) works better... I guess not the least because the whole point of high dynamic range is that loud parts are -supposed- to draw your attention compared to the quieter parts.


Edited by TheGrumpyOldMan - 6/27/12 at 12:33am
post #32 of 34
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For me, it boils down to vocal or not. If somebody's singing, my attention tends to drift towards parsing the lyrics, so I tend to avoid it... unless it's in a foreign language I don't understand so it kind comes across as a different kind of musical instrument.

 

Other than that, it is also the one time less dynamic range music (not strictly in the mastering sense) works better... I guess not the least because the whole point of high dynamic range is that loud parts are - supposed- to draw your attention compared to the quieter parts.

 

Good point. Dynamic parts of a track will always draw your attention.

post #33 of 34
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Good point. Dynamic parts of a track will always draw your attention.

 

Rig plays a part too.  Pandora stream > work laptop > generic mic/headset - more productivity...

 

Meanwhile, Yo-Yo Ma on my home rig commands attention.  It's almost involuntary.

 

A pair of R10s at work and I would never get any work done.

post #34 of 34
Favorite passages, or realizing I'm hearing nuances I hadn't noticed before distracts me.

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