In What World Does a Record Producer Think that This Kind of Compression and Clipping is a Good Thing?

Nils Frahm, Says, from the album Spaces. There’s no excuse for this kind of clipping. Presumably, the engineer or producer thought the music was too soft at the beginning, so compressed it heavily, resulting in excruciating clipping and distortion near the end of the track.

Clipping

To be fair, it’s the only track on the album like this; there’s one other track that has some clipping, but most of them are very quiet. But this one is painful to listen to.

10 thoughts on “In What World Does a Record Producer Think that This Kind of Compression and Clipping is a Good Thing?

  1. I am genuinely surprised by this. Erased Tapes (Frahm’s label) are pretty good about this sort of thing, and it’s probably worth reaching out to them.

    That being said, having been to a Nils Frahm live performance I’m also inclined to think this isn’t un-intentional. Clipping/distortion is obviously bad, but the dynamic range on this track is pretty remarkable, and the entire venue was shaking. So, who knows…

  2. I am genuinely surprised by this. Erased Tapes (Frahm’s label) are pretty good about this sort of thing, and it’s probably worth reaching out to them.

    That being said, having been to a Nils Frahm live performance I’m also inclined to think this isn’t un-intentional. Clipping/distortion is obviously bad, but the dynamic range on this track is pretty remarkable, and the entire venue was shaking. So, who knows…

  3. I have this track. It’s loud, and live, and it clips. Ok, it’s meant to be forceful. But clipping like this I thought was a thing of the past.
    Could well be a mistake.

  4. I have this track. It’s loud, and live, and it clips. Ok, it’s meant to be forceful. But clipping like this I thought was a thing of the past.
    Could well be a mistake.

  5. I’m noticing significant clipping in tracks 6 (Improvisations for coughs…) and 8 (For – Peter – …) too. It sounds like the there was actual clipping on some of the recording tracks. Really really distracting. If it was left in on purpose then I think it was a terrible atheistic choice; the content of this album seems to me like it has a lot to offer besides a producer or artist choosing to make some left-field point about the limits of digitally recorded dynamic ranges. I’d love to hear more about this if anyone figures it out.

  6. I’m noticing significant clipping in tracks 6 (Improvisations for coughs…) and 8 (For – Peter – …) too. It sounds like the there was actual clipping on some of the recording tracks. Really really distracting. If it was left in on purpose then I think it was a terrible atheistic choice; the content of this album seems to me like it has a lot to offer besides a producer or artist choosing to make some left-field point about the limits of digitally recorded dynamic ranges. I’d love to hear more about this if anyone figures it out.

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