[LAU] Decompressor for linux?

Hartmut Noack zettberlin at linuxuse.de
Mon Aug 12 09:22:12 UTC 2013

Am 11.08.2013 10:57, schrieb Ken Restivo:
> It's been a while since I did anything with linux audio, or even had much to do with music, but now I'm attempting to listen to music that has been recently released, and find it unlistenable.
> The mastering! The compression! It burns!! It burns!!! Auugh, my ears!!

I am with you and have shared your pain with some CDs I purchased in the
last 20 years. Most bestial example in my CD-Rack is a single from the
Foo Fighters that comes with a "B"-side that is actually mastered with a
lot of respect for dynamics and sounds actually very good while the
"A"-side is a lifeless synthetic simulation of rock-music that looks
like a line of toothpaste in an editor.

I use to react to such policies by not buying/listening to music that is
made that way. It is the artists choice to sound that way and I respect
that and in respect for my own holy and immaculate personal taste I do
not buy it.

Regarding tools for "unmastering":

I tried that several times to find methods to repair badly made
recordings etc but I found, that there is not much that can be done
about dynamics and near to nothing about distortion/clipping.

Tools for audio-restoration are not that elaborated in Linux anyway. In
some cases I had a little success by applying EQ to filter parts of the
signal, that made distortions prominent for the hearing and maybe this
could ease the pain for you too but I never managed its to restore
dynamics *and* keep the signal authentic and filtering to diminish
distortion has a very strong tendency to make the result sound numb.

best regards...

> I mean, it's obviously distorted. I can hear the clipping. People are putting out released tracks that I can't listen to without getting a splitting headache.
> Is there any such thing that I might be able to pipe into an ALSA or JACK setup, which would repair these broken tracks?
> It's sad. It's like people are mastering for laptop speakers, cellphone speakers, or earbuds, and nothing else.
> FWIW, as an example, I've just stumbled across the music of Amanda Palmer, downloaded her latest album, I think the music is great, or could be, but I can't listen to it because of the mastering. 
> -ken
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