The brickwall limiter: makes content sound louder and thicker.
   
This is how highly limited music often sounds: compact, heavy.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Extract 1: normal crescendo. Increase of RMS and peak level.
Extract 2: limited crescendo. Increase of RMS, stable level, decrease of crest factor.

The crescendo in extract 1 has more amplitude than the one in extract 2. Both are crescendos anyway.

   
   
   
Typical sound from 1968: light.
Typical sound from 1968: light.
Typical sound from 1968: light.
Typical sound from 1968: light.
   
Typical sound from the mid-2000's: compact.
Typical sound from the mid-2000's: compact.
Typical sound from the mid-2000's: compact.
Typical sound from the mid-2000's: compact.

Ext 1: light, high crest factor. The attacks of the tom sound are clearly defined.
Ext 2: compact, heavy, everything is meddled in one single ambience.

Both extracts are interesting in their own way.



Audio extract: the piano version. Listen to the vocals: there are dynamics. It makes sense, because dynamics are a valid way to add expressivity to a vocal line.
Video extract: the meters hardly move. Everything is compressed including the vocals, which have no dynamics. It makes sense, because "power" is a valid musical expression as far as this extract and manner of singing is concerned.


Ext 1: original version.
Ext 2: remastered version: it is louder.
Ext 3: remastered version at the same loudness as the original version.

Can you hear the difference between 1 and 3?
If so, you might find that remastering was damaging.
The difference is actually very small.



Ext 1: original version.
Ext 2: remastered version: it is louder.
Ext 3: remastered version at the same loudness as the original version.

Can you hear the difference between 1 and 3?
If so, you might find that remastering was damaging.
The difference is actually very small.