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Re: [ARSCLIST] Libraries disposing of records
At 03:34 PM 2007-01-06, phillip holmes wrote:
You can lump me in with the Japanese collector/retro/audiophile
crew. I have experienced many occasions where the original LP was
vastly superior to the reissue CD.
I totally agree with you that many original LPs sound vastly superior
to the reissue CD, but the difference is not in the medium--at least
not most of it.
When the original LP was made, pride was taken in the entire process
and the artists usually signed off on the entire process. In a
phrase, the LPs were professionally mastered.
When the CD reissues came out, the most charitable way I can think of
the process for at least some of the reissues was that the CDs were
not professionally mastered.
I have had long discussions with a number of people who were
intimately involved with the processes and they concur. They knew
what was being lost from master tape to test pressing to final
consumer pressing. That's not to say that LPs can't be very good, but
what you're hearing is not the medium, but the execution of what is
put on the medium. It's like "don't shoot the messenger".
As to preferences for recording media, you'll note that the classical
crews who were looking for output=input switched quickly to digital.
The pop/rock recordists missed the distortions and the unique
limiting curves of analog tape and other vintage equipment and have
continued to use it as an effect (in my opinion).
Also, a portion of the retro adoptees of tape and tube gear do so
because there is a high-profile marketing campaign (both official and
in the grapevine) that you've got to use the certain piece of kewl
equipment that made this or that record a hit. Look at the eBay ads
for some of this gear "Just like what XXX made their #1 hit record
on" and stuff like that.
Perhaps, just perhaps, the hit record had something to do with the
void that artist was filling at the time, or, heavens forbid, musical TALENT!
For the manufacturers from Ampex on, it was always striving for output=input.
Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.