AES Berlin 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 12:45 — 14:15 (Estrel Hall A)
W16 - Loudness Wars: Give Peaks a ChancePresenters:
Thomas Lund, TC Electronic A/S - Risskov, Denmark
Florian Camerer, ORF - Austrian TV - Vienna, Austria; EBU - European Broadcasting Union
Music production, distribution, and consumption has been caught in a vicious spiral rendering two decades of our music heritage irreversibly damaged. Today, new tracks and remastered ones typically sound worse than what could even be expected from compact cassette. As a professional society, do we just sit by and let that happen on our watch?
Florian and Thomas are at the helm of two European initiatives to reverse this spiral: EBU R128 and EU legislation to prevent early hearing loss from listening to personal music players. That combination will soon make even the most ignorant A&R manager realize that it's futile to master music louder than –16 LUFS.