Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 00:05 UTC
Multimedia, AV "On October 1 1982, Joel's sixth studio album, 52nd Street, was the first commercially released CD album... Which means CDs are 30-years-old today. It's worth noting here that 52nd Street wasn't a new album - it was launched initially in 1978, but it was selected for relaunch on the new digital audio disc, rolling out alongside the first CD player - the Sony CDP-101 - in Japan. But of course, the CD didn't spring up overnight - the road to launch started long before 1982." I'm still 100% CD when it comes to music. The act of physically holding a new album in your hands for the first time and gently placing the disk in the tray can't be matched by pressing a download button behind a computer.
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RE[3]: I don't like cds but
by ilovebeer on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 16:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I don't like cds but"
ilovebeer
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My apologies, I used the wrong word. That's what I get for being awake for thirty-five hours at a stretch ;) . I meant to say cds are lossy, not compressed, and they are. They are downsampled from the original recording in order to fit on cds and also to maintain compatibility with most consumer cd players. What you get on a cd is 44.1 khz/16 bit audio, vs the 96 or even 192 khz/24 bit audio that most studios are using these days. There is often mastering done on the audio before it is downsampled as well to polish it up so it sounds good in the new format, not dissimilar to what's being experimented with using some modern lossy formats.

Yes and no. What you said is true in some cases but untrue in others, it's really a matter of what the producer wants to do. You have people who believe the higher the rates, the better, but that really only shows benefit when you're doing a lot of processing. You have others who believe keeping the audio as close to the intended output rates is best because it takes the least amount of processing to get there. The "right" recording rates depend on what you're recording and what you intend to do with it. Some people believe mastering and then converting is best, while others believe converting first and then mastering is best because what you hear is the end result.

Every single recorded work is an individual piece of art, no different than a painting. With a painting you make decisions about colors, type of paint, type of canvas, type of brush, etc. With audio you make decisions about type of mic'ing, type of recording method, type of processing, etc. That's why blanket statements are so easily opposed. The same is true for video as well, but that's a whole other can of worms.

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