Before all the commercialism, home lighting competitions, and the waves of sales strike, may I quietly offer something for a soft heart. This is so well-done, it will bring tears to your eyes.
When people are working in their gift, it is spine-tingling to behold: here, not only are the vocals full, round, and lush, their use of dynamics adds to the experience. Couple this with the pure emotion they put into their music, and the result is breathtaking.
Music is the communication of one soul to another; and I haven’t heard anything like this for a very long time.
The all-vocal group (a Capella – NO instruments!) Pentatonix last year won NBC’s The Sing-Off, which airs around this time of year. This link is to one of Pentatonix’ pieces, and from someone who has spent a lot of time with mixing and producing, I have to say that they did a superlative job here. Clean vocals (okay, well they’re ALL vocal with no instruments) and very simple set work. Good lighting and editing also makes for an excellent overall experience. If you’ve read my stuff about sound mixing, this is the kind of good work of which we should be proud.
Something to keep in mind: Sometimes good sound isn’t about how much noise we make, but how much quiet we impart. This does a great job with the latter.
If you have a good set of headphones, get them and turn it up. Don’t trust to the crummy PC speakers; get your good headphones.