Over Compressed Audio

There are no real rules when it comes to compression because it completely depends on what you are trying to achieve. However, the general guidelines are don’t over compress. For decades there has been a loudness war going on. Record labels, studios and producers have all been trying to outdo each other, trying to make their tracks louder than their competitors, in the hopes they would stand out more. This unfortunate trend has caused songs overtime to be the victim of losing most, if not all of their dynamics. They have become more and more compressed overtime, losing their natural dynamic range. Luckily now most online streaming platforms such as Spotify normalise their music catalogue, which has kind of ended the need for any loudness war.