Digital Distress Syndrome

Loss of Excitement and Emotion in the music?

Current audio industry research has proven beyond doubt that the increasingly complex processes (as used in digital recording and mastering), such as multiband compression, are masking and blurring key audio artefacts that make music engaging. These processes flatten the dramatic and emotional impact of the music, creating a musical clutter with reduced depth and texture of instruments and vocalists, resulting in a cold wall of sound with little dynamic range and at the same time robbing the music of its excitement and emotional power.
This indeed is one of the main complaints across the audio world and despite all of today’s technology a great many top recording engineers/producers/ musicians / audiophiles alike agree with this fact.

The dynamic structure of sounds we hear as music are an infusion and interaction of complex harmonic structures from instruments and vocalists that ebb and flow in the performance, arising from interplay and variation in timbre, pitch, rhythm and loudness. This is the essence and what gives feeling to the music. If you take away any of these aspects the sound becomes flat, lifeless and boring.


How audio compression effects your music:

Fast, dynamic compression can lead to a “squashed” sound, with a loss of “punch” on transients resulting in a busy, cluttered sound where the listener is increasingly unable to distinguish instrument detail and timbre clearly.
Also there are slow dynamic compression effects that produce a reduced dynamic contrast and loss of expressiveness. A good example being flattened crescendos and choruses sounding no louder than the verses. For some people, these effects may not be immediately obvious but soon become apparent during the song.
This is especially true for so called re-mastered recordings and “streaming” of music where record companies have forsaken sound quality for perceived loudness where signal levels are lifted excessively, and the dynamic range vastly reduced as a result of excessive processing.


The GLVC EQ1-S  puts back what modern digital processing takes away – the essence of music, the feeling & emotive involvement in the performance.


The EQ1-S will reveal the energy and detail in the performance so that you hear nuances of instruments and performers with vastly increased clarity and definition. Now you can have full analogue control over your sound, tailor it to the way you like it-with fine control of textures, structures and individual instruments, performers with increased dynamic range. Enjoy lush, rich tones and relax in a warm bath of captivating and emotive sound that touches your very soul – resulting in pure sonic nirvana!

For more on what the EQ1-S can do see below…

EQ1-S Features