magiblot wrote: ↑
Aug 16th, '17, 00:17
Then, why is it that some clipped songs sound distorted and others not?
It always depends on how much compressed (how flat, no sound variation) the song is. The lower his dynamic range, the more likely it's going to sound distorted. Sometimes though, but rarely, the sound is very very loud and very very compressed but somehow doesn't sound distorted... it happens but remember that all sound is loud, there is no quiet regardless.
What you can do is go here:
There's a tool available to be able to calculate the dynamic range. It's available separately for Windows and Mac. Also available as a plugin for Windows' foobar2000.
Let's take an exemple. "Fire In The Night" by Ken Martin. The song is pretty compressed. Avex normalized at ~85% and did some declipping on SEB 234. As a single, the song score a dynamic range of 4. On SEB, it rates as 6 (so, yes, it sounds better on SEB). Look up the waveforms.
Never Know Why is another exemple. It sounds abysmal. Even on SEB. Avex only did a normal normaliztion at 90%. This doesn't improve the sound in any way. It has a dynamic range of 3. And it distorts. I wouldn't be surprised if "Tokyo To Milano (All Around The World)" score something like a 2. 20 is the best btw.
You know the meme "Brain Power" by Noma that surfaced with the help of twitch? Aka:
On Noma's first album, where the song is released in extended version, its dynamic range score is........ 1. The worst score. It's EXTREMELY LOUD. Brickwalled to the bone. SOmehow, it still manage to sound good on first glance. But god, you down't listen to this track 10 times in a row. Lack of dynamic range do that too: headches, listening tireness, etc.