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Ten Years Into The Digital Revolution: A Continuing Disaster in Sound
by Saru Bobo Kun (saruryujin)
at March 19th, 2008 (08:17 pm)
current song: Spacetime Continuum - Fluresence EP

Once the inventors of CD-Sony and Philips got the "perfect sound forever" digital hype going- and believe me they did a masterful job with a well oiled public relations organization called "The Compact Disc Group", there was no stopping it. Even the executives at the quality record labels (I wish I could name names) who at first resisted CD, hearing it for the sonic joke that it was, finally rolled over when they realized that consumers were willing to shell out $16.00 for teeth rattlingly bright, metallic sounding discs because the music was "read" by a laser beam.

When the promoters of this early sonic hell began getting complaints, they had the chutzpah to blame the awful sound on the analogue source material! "Its 'headbump' ", "its the rising high end of the microphones"- there was an excuse for every problem with early digital, except the real cause: early digital! Every technology has a learning curve, except of course digital sound, which was a gift from God, who is of course, digital.

The early DDD discs sounded even worse (still do). What digital maniacs who pronounced those "pure" digital discs "perfection" didn't know was that since there were no digital mixing boards in the early days, the digital recording had to be converted to analogue for mixing, before going back to digital, and then sometimes once more back to analogue before final mastering. Each digital to analogue conversion took its toll on the music, but don't tell that to the CD nerds who only bought DDD discs in the early days and complained (and still do!) about the sound of discs that had "A"s in them!


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Source: Music Angle

Comments

Posted by: Lindsay Bean (tangerine_love)
Posted at: March 19th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
wallface

I don't even want to think about where we'll be in a few years. Music only on computer chips! Gross. Takes away the soul.

Posted by: walrus damnit (dylanevl)
Posted at: March 19th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)

Don't let FM radio/ MTV fool ya, music is and will continue to be doing just fine.

Posted by: Lindsay Bean (tangerine_love)
Posted at: March 20th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)

Oh I know music is still great. Don't worry about me.

Posted by: Rob Vincent (rob_t_firefly)
Posted at: March 19th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
fp - psychosomatic

I can't be the only one who really liked how even the earliest DDD discs sounded.

Posted by: walrus damnit (dylanevl)
Posted at: March 19th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
That boy need therapy!

I don't remember what they sounded like.. but iconlove for you!

Posted by: this ain't no disco (pirat_ponton)
Posted at: March 19th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
enjoy

Yeah, that article has a lot of problems and inaccuracies.

The point about digital music as commodity is well-taken but seems to ignore that LPs shared this attribute. In that sense it almost comes across as Luddite.

By the way, I also like your icon. Crazy in the coconut!

Posted by: Wolfmans Brother (peamasii)
Posted at: March 19th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)

Digital is not bad if the mastering is done by someone who understands the medium. The problem with most "digital" recordings is that they're mastered in a way which makes them sound worse: loud transients, too much gain/compression, horrible spectral enhancement. Digital is unforgiving that way, you can push the sound way outside its normal ambience, it gets preserved that way.

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