The Loudness Wars is a term coined to describe the way music is increasingly mixed for the digital age whereby dynamic range compression is overused and the natural soft-to-loud dynamics in a recording are squeezed out. Mastering engineer Bob Katz has suggested that iTunes Radio will call time on this and usher us into a new audio utopia. The reason? It users Sound Check as its default setting and, to his ears, makes for a better listening experience. Apple’s dominance in the hardware and digital music market will, he feels, set the agenda for everyone else. “There will be still some skirmishes [in the Loudness Wars], but the main battle has just been won,” said Katz. “Producers, engineers and musicians will ultimately discover this news themselves, but journalists and producers can hasten the close of the war, starting right now.”

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