timothy from the sine-language-for-the-hearing dept.
niceone writes "Recently YouTube seems to have started applying extreme compression
to the audio of uploaded clips. This is the type of compressions used
by radio stations to make everything louder, but in this case applied
extremely badly. In quiet passages, breathing and shuffling become
overpoweringly loud. A gently plucked guitar chord becomes a distorted thud.
Listen to an example here. And here's what it could sound like — still not perfect, but a whole lot better. The
fixed version is thanks to a workaround proposed by
Sopranoguitar — the idea is to turn down the audio and mix in
a high frequency sine wave (I used 19kHz). The sine wave fools YouTube's
compressor into thinking that the file is at a uniform level (and does
not need the volume changing at all) but is filtered out by the encoding
process (so, no need to worry about deafening any dogs)."
The reason that every major university maintains a department of
mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.