Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with Compression – “Everything louder then everything else” edition

Well, folks – slim pickings for humour over at Freeperville this week. They’re celebrating too hard over 16-year olds being forced to carry to term.

So – an observation piece, and a blast from the past that I never got around to mentioning below the fold.


On “Producers”

In my studio days, we had a lot of bands come in to do demos, and occasionally, albums.
A lot of these bands had no producer, which meant that the engineer (me) had to help them through the sessions.
Now a real producer’s job is to tell the band what songs to record, and which ones to ditch – and to ride herd over the recording of the keepers. As an engineer, my job was just to point out the obvious flubs and missed notes, and punch them in to fix them.
However, some bands did have an actual producer, and some of them were – um – more enthusiastic than knowledgeable.
Case in point – the “producer” who came in and decided that his boys were going to record EVERYTHING without any compression at all. None. “I don’t want any of that shit on our music – I want it RAW!”
His rationale? “They’re going to compress the hell out of it when it’s played on the radio.”
So – no compression. For anything. Gotcha. So – everything with any dynamic range at all was either going to be alternately pegging the meters, and more or less inaudible.
(Keep in mind that this was a 1″ 16-track studio – all analog)
He stopped me during playback of the rhythm tracks to complain about the drum sound : “Where is the ride cymbal? I can’t hear it!”
“Well, sir – the crash is just a lot louder, and with no compression on the overheads, the ride’s going to get wiped out every time the drummer hits the crash.”
He spent the rest of the sessions complaining about the drowning out of everything by everything else.
Mama Mia.

So – from May, we have – Mitch-slapped!

McConnell says he backs Mueller probe after classified briefing The Hill ^ | May 24, 2018 | Max Greenwood Posted on 5/25/2018, 2:40:31 AM by gattaca

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday after attending a classified briefing that he continues to support special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

McConnell told NPR that Mueller’s investigation and a separate probe by the Justice Department’s inspector general into the FBI’s actions during the 2016 election will ultimately provide answers to a number of questions swirling around the presidential race.

“The two investigations going on that I think will give us the answers to the questions that you raise — the [inspector general] investigation in the Justice Department and the Mueller investigation,” McConnell told NPR.

“I support both of them, and I don’t really have anything to add to this subject based upon the Gang of Eight briefing that we had today, which was classified.”

McConnell’s vote of confidence in Mueller’s investigation came after he attended a highly classified meeting with top law enforcement and intelligence officials on Thursday.

The White House brokered a pair of briefings between officials and key lawmakers at the Justice Department to discuss the FBI’s use of a top-secret informant in the early days of a counterintelligence probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

The briefing attended by McConnell was given to the so-called “Gang of Eight” – a bipartisan group of lawmakers, consisting of the four top congressional leaders and the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

The White House had initially pushed for Justice Department officials to brief a select group of Republican lawmakers on Thursday, but arranged for a second, broader bipartisan briefing after facing pressure from Democrats and some Republicans.

Reports have indicated that the FBI source met with three advisers to President Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election. Trump and his allies have claimed without evidence in recent days that the FBI used the informant to improperly spy on his campaign.

Trump has asserted that Mueller’s investigation is a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” intended to undermine his presidency.

1 posted on 5/25/2018, 2:40:31 AM by gattaca
All together now –
To: gattaca


RINO jackass.

2 posted on 5/25/2018, 2:47:29 AM by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!)

To: gattaca


“McConnell’s vote of confidence in Mueller’s investigation came after he attended a highly classified meeting with top law enforcement and intelligence officials on Thursday.


“Mitchy-poo, we know all your secrets”

“Ah support this investigation”.

3 posted on 5/25/2018, 2:49:55 AM by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)

OK now – that one was pretty funny.
To: SauronOfMordor


As long as the deep state exists, that investigation will never take place.

28 posted on 5/25/2018, 4:33:28 AM by wmileo

Well, you’re right about that one.
It doesn’t exist, and the investigation is taking place.
In other news, as long as space aliens keep invading the Earth,  housing prices will keep going down.
To: DoughtyOne


Attempted Coups begets(sic) action. Time for Trump to cross the Rubicon.

36 posted on 5/25/2018, 5:30:45 AM by Vaquero (Don’t pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you)

Just in case you missed the reference, this Freeper is proposing that The Darnold march into Washington at the head of an army,  driving everyone in Congress out of the city, and declaring himself Emperor for life.
To: Vaquero
Time for Trump to cross the Rubicon. 

Agreed. I believe he only needs to “nuke” one of these gargoyles at the bottom of the pyramid to get things off TDC, but at this point, I don’t care if he starts a fire on both sides of the congressional aisle and burns it to the center.

47 posted on 5/25/2018, 5:57:27 AM by niteowl77
To: gattaca


Come ON Trump.. crank up that CIA heart attack machine and clear the lot of them out.

71 posted on 5/25/2018, 7:14:32 AM by contrarian (clear Wachington out like a good enema)

And these are the nutjobs currently calling for “civility”…
To: Ann Archy


No argument here.

We need to boot him out of the leadership position now. Ryan also…

Every day is a lost day at this point.

We must have movement.

89 posted on 5/27/2018, 1:56:30 AM by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs..)

Leave your bowel out of this.
Well, I guess they couldn’t get any crazier…
To: gattaca


What this Deep State cabal has on McConnell is the reason why he was kicked out of the National Guard in KY. Caught in the act, in the barracks. As a “catcher in the rye” in whiskey country at… Fort Knox. Immediate intern to a R US Senator at the time, rumored to be the same “persuasion”.

That, and the fact that his wife’s father’s Taiwan-side originated container ship company just had 10 new vessels built by….. THE CHI-COMs. The man is useless goober with a predilection greatly developed in politicians-— status quo ante with a max dose of self-serving greed and opportunism. He should join John Boehner (the drunken golf caddie from a bar owning family, who now is lobbyist for the “Cannabis Industry” — not hemp, but narcotics- because his daughter is married to a Jamaican posse ex-pat complete with dreadlocks. The future of US exceptionalism). Bourbon KY meets…. stoner dopers. Cause we need the “tax money” to expand the State. Yup.

16 posted on 5/25/2018, 3:30:22 AM by John S Mosby (SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS)

I sit corrected.
See you good people next Monday – hopefully.

One thought on “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with Compression – “Everything louder then everything else” edition

  1. I love the “complete with dreadlocks”, as if that was the final nail in the coffin.

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