CDs Mastered With the Volume too Low

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  1. Crawdad

    Crawdad Detroit Rock Citizen Thread Starter

    I was thinking of the Rhino Best of Wisdom Pickett but a lot of WEA CD from the 80s and early 90s
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  2. y531ly5

    y531ly5 Forum Resident

    ZZ Top - Eliminator: German first CD pressing, damn too low
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  3. Crawdad

    Crawdad Detroit Rock Citizen Thread Starter

    again WEA....
  4. duggan

    duggan Forum Resident

    Springos Magic.
  5. Joseph LeVie

    Joseph LeVie Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Yeah, but, a lot of them really pull you in when you crank them up.
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  6. Phil Tate

    Phil Tate Forum Resident

    South Shields
  7. MYQ1

    MYQ1 Forum Resident

    At The Stereo
    Rossington Collins Band - Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere
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  8. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Central NY
    Sounds fine to me.

    Zappa - Them Or Us
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  9. Dok

    Dok Forum Resident


    Charlie McCoy, Little Maggie from his 'Beam Me Up Charlie' CD released in 1989. About the lowest I have experienced in my collection.
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  10. HotelYorba101

    HotelYorba101 Forum Resident

    Sign O' The Times by Prince
  11. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!


    this CD is mastered so low I couldn't believe it! had to crank the volume just to hear it! crazy..
  12. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

    The RCA Station To Station, US edition (catalog number starts with PCD1) has something like 8 dB of headroom for the majority of the disc. When you bump it up, it's no sonic marvel. I believe all pre-remaster Fables Of The Reconstruction discs by R.E.M. are also ridiculously quiet - though that one sounds pretty damn good when cranked, like the other early R.E.M. discs (it's just quieter).

    The Flaming Lips are known for using digital clipping as an instrument - so it's kind of ironic that the original CD of their debut album Hear It Is is so quiet I wonder if I'll actually need to compress it myself when I go to remaster it for my level-matched library!
  13. mc7t

    mc7t Forum Resident

    Stoke on Trent,UK
    That's virtually the same as the first release of Frankie goes to Hollywood's "Welcome to the pleasuredome".

    First time I played it I thought there was something wrong with my hi-fi.
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  14. Crawdad

    Crawdad Detroit Rock Citizen Thread Starter

    again WEA, ALL of the pre Symbol Prince CDs are mastered too low. The worst to me is Dirty Mind
  15. Diablo Griffin

    Diablo Griffin City Pop, Rock, and anything 80s til I die

    United States
    The Police - Ghost in the Machine (Original US DADC pressing). Great sound despite the low volume!
  16. daveidmarx

    daveidmarx Forem Residunt

    Astoria, NY USA
    I'll take a CD mastered like Sign O The Times any day over one mastered like Magic (Springsteen) or Memory Almost Full (McCartney), which have ridiculous amounts of clipping on them. If it's quiet, you can always turn up the volume (or even "remaster" the music to your own specifications), but when there's clipping and actual musical information is lost, there's nothing you can do to replace it.
  17. Crawdad

    Crawdad Detroit Rock Citizen Thread Starter

    You shouldn't have too.
  18. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe Original issue. You really need to turn it up a lot to get it to a decent volume.
    Paul McCartney - All The Best Original issue. Have to turn this up 4 or 5 notches above what I normally play my CDs at and it's still not loud.
  19. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    I've recorded in studios and left with a disc that was mastered elsewhere. I did at the time appreciate how the mastering filled out the sound, but the real work was done in the recording studio. As for my personal out of control collection, I could care less if a CD or Record is quiet. I just don't want an obnoxious, loud, distorted overly in your face mastering. I believe in having a fairly loud stereo, and I do. There are some records where I really crank the amp to get loud, but in the end they all do.
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  21. wellhamsrus

    wellhamsrus Duke of Earl

    What exactly is 'too low? My amp has a volume control. Most times I leave it alone, sometimes I adjust it.
  22. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    Now, some of them are too loud. What you gonna do.

    I believe eons ago Steve H posted about why they were so quiet.
  23. Phil Tate

    Phil Tate Forum Resident

    South Shields
    It sounds fantastic. But it's mastered very quiet.
  24. Chilli

    Chilli Pretend Engineer.

    I'd much rather too quiet than too loud.
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  25. abzach

    abzach Forum Resident

    Too low? What would be the problem with that? Just turn the volume up.

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