Many of us honey living our lives with a soundtrack, and can’t imagine going through the daily hustle and bustle without some rhythm to it.
Once upon a time you lot had to expect for this ancient technology called ‘radio’ to play your favorite vocal when it felt like information technology, and phone call your mates over and then you could all relish it, but in the internet era – things are way more than convenient.
At present y’all simply go on YouTube, search for your favorite artist or song – and there information technology is, always ready to play for y’all. Just should you actually go on YouTube for that?
It might be one of the world’s nearly visited websites, but its focus is video, and when information technology comes to sound – information technology ain’t dandy. Indeed, there’s something you should know…
If you want to experience music as the artist intended – YouTube isn’t the place
Like whatever website, when you upload video and audio to YouTube, information technology all gets compressed. Don’t worry – we won’t exist getting technical, simply the reason sites similar YouTube practise this is to make those video and sound files smaller at the loss of (usually) few noticeable details.
That alone isn’t the problem with YouTube, merely the fact that since around 2015 the site started applying what’south essentially a filter over all audio, in society to fight what’due south called the “loudness state of war” in modernistic music.
Every bit artists began trying to produce louder and louder music without hitting the ceiling and destroying their mix, YouTube decided to start equalizing information technology all, so every video on the site would be at the same “reasonable” loudness – but were the results good? For music – I don’t think then.
The reason artists were, and nevertheless are aiming for louder music is simple – for many listeners that extra sparkle and punch makes them feel like a vocal simply “sounds meliorate” and and then, they’re more than probable to dear it, buy it, stream it, so on.
And equally the biggest music producers and publishers began pushing their music to be as loud every bit possible, even if you were a small-time music maker – you had to go along upwardly too! Either exercise that or fall backside, with your music sounding quieter and “worse” than what the pros are doing. Thus, basically, anybody began pushing their music towards loudness.
So once again, YouTube’s answer to that was to non simply shrink, just tone downward any audio that’due south uploaded on the website, and unfortunately – the results aren’t just songs being quieter than they’re meant to, but muffled and less “sparkly” than the artists intended.
And then if yous’re a diehard music fan, fifty-fifty if you never noticed it – your favorite songs don’t sound equally lively and sparkly on YouTube as they would on, say, Spotify or SoundCloud.
Don’t believe me? Put on headphones and mind to your favorite song at the same volume on both YouTube and Spotify, and yous’ll nigh likely notice the difference, equally information technology’s actually not a small one.
Or, hither’s a side-by-side example for you to check out – same song, unlike website… Let’s start with YouTube:
At present hear the exact same vocal, same 2009 remastered version, but on Spotify, and notice how information technology’due south not simply louder but clearer and more “sparkly” at that place:
Every bit I publish music myself, I can ostend that this is non simply the artists uploading a quieter and more than muffled version on YouTube for whatsoever reason, only it’s the websites themselves processing music differently.
Where you should listen to your music instead
Once more, avoiding being technical, just at that place are different types of music compression. Some music streaming services, similar Tidal, can stream your favorite songs at Lossless High Fidelity, significant they oasis’t been compressed into a smaller file size (e.grand. MP3) beforehand.
The thing is, unless y’all take a corking ear and some expensive equipment, you likely won’t discover a huge divergence between what Tidal offers and what Spotify or SoundCloud offer. But they’re all better than YouTube in terms of music processing.
So I would definitely recommend at least using Spotify for listening to your favorite music, if yous’d like to experience it much closer to what the artist intended, as compared to YouTube.
I too enjoy listening to underground artists on SoundCloud, and again, compared to YouTube, SoundCloud also processes music in a style that’s much less punishing.
And then, tired of listening to quiet and deadened, toned-down music? Did it audio odd in the offset place? Just terminate using YouTube, and bring the sparkle back into your life.