“I didn’t mix those and wouldn’t have done that.”
Last month, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced that the soundtrack to first-person shooter DOOM Eternal would not be releasing alongside the game on 20th March as it was originally planned. Owners of the collector’s edition of DOOM Eternal, however, would be sent a lossless version of the digital album.
But it seems not everyone is fond of the audio mixing in the heavy metal soundtrack, scored by DOOM series composer Mick Gordon, in particular, Twitter user thatACDCguy.
In a multi-tweet thread, thatACDCguy outlined the issues he had with the production of the music, noting the reduced dynamic range of the DOOM Eternal soundtrack when compared to that of its predecessor DOOM (2016).
“The wavelengths on each instrument have been compressed to the point where they are all playing back at the same volume, with exception to an occasional peak,” he said.
He went on to add that because of this lack of ‘breathing room’, the “instruments are all fighting each other, [and] thus the mix sounds very poor as a result.”
thatACDCguy made it clear that the issue isn’t one of skill or talent, stating: “Mick Gordon is a far more talented audio engineer than me, it’s not even close [and] that’s what makes this especially frustrating. I expect much better from him. Again, the music itself is phenomenal, but this mix on the official soundtrack is frankly terrible.”
The concerns prompted a response from Gordon who distanced himself from the tracks in question, and clarified: “I didn’t mix those and wouldn’t have done that. You’ll be able to spot the small handful of tracks I mixed… ” and gave “Meathook” and “Command and Control” as a couple of examples.
Developer id Software has revealed that the DOOM Eternal soundtrack will be available for purchase from iTunes and to stream from Spotify as well as other digital platforms “in the coming weeks“.
DOOM Eternal is developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks and is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Stadia. Panic Button is handling a port of the game for Nintendo Switch.