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Re: [ARSCLIST] "All hail the analogue revolution..."
I like vinyl for its strong points.. Its weak points are ones that
digital doesn't have. Digital certainly has its weak points, no doubt
about it...and they are ones vinyl doesn't have. That had to be balanced
out against the total rubbish equipment most consumers had when it came
out. For them it WAS a vast improvement.. At the time.
IMHO, you can make any media sound like 'crap', and the engineering and
mastering of most current CD's seems to prove that. I read a quote once
from Rodger Nichols, a very well known engineer. He was asked to judge a
group of current recordings and rate them, I think it was for 'pop
recording of the year', with a group of other engineers. I forget the
exact words, but to paraphrase: "It was clear that some of the
recordings were well recorded, at least in the initial stages. However,
the final CD mastered results were squashed and horrible sounding. It
just goes to show you can't shine a turd.."
He's done digital recording about since the beginning of time. Again,
IMHO, it is not digital technologies so much that are flawed (one could
argue that 44.1/16 is not high enough, but then, looking back at 1980's
practical consumer technologies...) as one could argue that the
technology is misused in the worst possible ways. Ways that highlight
all the weak points, instead of playing to the strong ones. Vinyl forced
more discipline...sometimes... :>)
...Just one man's opinion, to be sure.. But I grew up with vinyl, and
like it somewhat better, on great gear.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Roger and Allison Kulp
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2006 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] "All hail the analogue revolution..."
I like this quote "I think it's very possible might become obsolete,in
an age of download music,the CD might become obsolete,but the vinyl
record will survive." As someone who has never owned a CD,or a CD
player,this just confirms what I have known,about this abysmal format
for over 20 years.It's physically ugly to look at,unlike vinyl,and
sounds like crap.No amount of tweaking;gold CDs, SACD,24 bit mastering
(ROFL),ad nauseum,has been able to improve on an innately flawed
format.I could have predicted the recording industry's current
troubles,years ago,after placing all thier proverbial eggs in the CD
basket.Why ? The CD was such garbage,that people would simply wake up
to it over time.When the CD finally goes the way,of the equally maligned
8 Track,I for one will be celebrating.
Jonathan Wise <jonathan.wise@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"...What pleasure is there to be had in clicking a virtual button with a
mouse? Very little, really. Whereas the slightly precarious operation of
placing a record on a platter and dropping the needle seems like a
surgical procedure of a kind that most modern automation has tried to
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