Dear mastering folks. I've read some time ago, about too loud audio mastering on CD's. ½ an hour ago I took my chances and had a look on Destiny's Child "Bootylicious". I'm stunned. :shock: It's clear that the bassdrum hits the digital roof every single time it's present. The audiocurve is cut off, looking straight flat at + 0dB and - 0dB and it sounds like..."pluff-pluff". I think that's deeply unprofessionally done. The 16bit digital roof should only be reached by a couple of spikes. Not every single time there's a hit on the bassdrum. What has happened inside the mastering facility, with this CD ? Now. I will have a look on my CD's to see when this awful and amateurish trend has started. It's like they have been thinking: " Let's push as much sound as possible inside the 96 dB dynamic room" I think that's is a very misunderstood platform of mastering audio. What about you good folks. Have you ever mastered sound in this way ? Right now, I think this Destiny's Child "Survivor" from Sony Entertainment Inc. 2001 is a defect product. I wonder if it's even possible to return it to Sony and search for another edition, which is better mastered. Thank you for taking your time.