Dear musicians and music creators: By checking the box "I agree" or "I commit," you are expressing your commitment on a completely voluntary and non-binding basis. This document has NO legal value.
But you are agreeing to a moral commitment and are also taking a public stance in favor of the creation and production of music having certain loudness and quality standards.
Please carefully read each voluntary "obligation" which is linked to an Agreement or Commitment:
- I agree 1 (Music Listener, Musician, Music Producer, Mixing Engineer, Consumer Electronic Industry)
- I agree 2 (Mastering Engineer)
- I agree 3 (MI & Pro Audio Industry)
- I commit 1 (Record Companies – during Phase 1)
- I commit 2 (Record Companies – during Phase 2)
Check the box for issuing the statement that you believe that the Loudness War makes no sense and that you support our suggestion for solving this problem through the labeling of recorded music with the Dynamic Range logo. You desire to once again have more dynamic releases of recordings, better sound for MP3s and other data compression formats, as well as for radio and all recorded music. Please spread the word among friends and colleagues about the Pleasurize Music idea so that we can all convince the entire recording industry of the benefits of more dynamic music. As a musician, composer, producer, or mixing engineer you are looking forward to using dynamics as an expressive means in new productions and releases.
This includes the terms of "I agree 1." As a mastering engineer you have a particularly high degree of responsibility. By checking "I agree 2" you agree to use the free TT DYNAMIC RANGE METER as the correct and standardized tool for determining DR values and for providing your customers with this information. The latest version (always available on this Web site) or an official version of the Meter provided by a third-party manufacturer is to be used to these ends. Adhering to a standard maximum peak value for masters is a further criteria which will result in recordings practically free of unwanted artifacts occurring through later data compression (MP3) or D/A conversions. ALL recordings with the DR logo must have a minimum peak headroom of -0.3 dB, is to be measured after oversampled (4x) brickwall limiting. The TT DYNAMIC RANGE METER, as well as any meters developed and released by us measure peak values with 4x oversampling so that interleaved sample overs can be detected. A master has enough headroom when the maximum peak value is minus 0.3 dB. With this alone, you are helping with creating a better sound for radio and data compression processes (MP3, etc.), as well as on consumer media players. For further information, please see the "Tech Info" in the menu.
This also includes the terms of "I agree 1." You would like to support our idea for more dynamic music and would like to integrate the DR measurement via open source into your technology. After verifying measurement precision, you will receive written permission from us to label your equipment, software, or measurement devices with the DR logo. If you do not have any appropriate products, you simply support us "morally."
The commitments from record companies are particularly important for stopping the Loudness War. The recording industry has a leading role which is necessary for successfully turning this situation around. The key is extensive communication efforts aimed at the music listener. With "I commit 1" you agree to label all of your releases with the DR logo as well as the corresponding DR value. In addition, you will include the b/w information booklet (see "Downloads") available on this Website. The recording industry will benefit economically the most from the implementation of this loudness standard because the value of music is increased and communicated throughout the world. The standard also provides a key condition for providing a meaningful high-definition format based on Blu-ray. The comprehensive multilingual awareness of the Pleasurize Music campaign is an expensive condition for this success; this is why the Pleasurize Music Foundation is asking for financial support. For information on voluntary support, please check the box "Active Partner." A staff member of the Pleasurize Music Foundation will then contact you, with no obligation.
"I commit 2" also includes the terms of "I commit 1." Phase 2 begins on July 1, 2010. In the second phase, all releases will have a minimum dynamic range of DR14. Recordings with less dynamic range will be provided with sufficient headroom (mastered) and labeled with the actual dynamic range used. In this way, all releases will have nearly the same loudness (the only differences being the psychoacoustic tolerance values of the loudness measurement) starting from this time. For example, if a master has a value of DR8, then it will be mastered with a headroom of 6 dB so that it will be as loud as a DR14 master. The DR8 value tells the customer that although the loudness is the same, there is 8 dB less dynamic range in the DR8 recording than in the DR14 one. With "I commit 2" you are taking a decisive step towards a loudness standard. If you are afraid that your products won't sound as good on the radio as releases with less dynamics, then please read "Tech Info" for background information. Masters which are more dynamic sound better on the radio than over-compressed masters and sound just as loud after being sent through the processing chain at most stations! However, this processing won't destroy them like it does the over-compressed masters of today; the dynamic masters will sound more natural, have less distortion, and will be make for a more pleasant listening experience. Pleasurize YOUR Music!