[LAU] Pro Audio? OT rant.

Florian Paul Schmidt mista.tapas at gmx.net
Tue Dec 25 13:41:54 UTC 2012

On 12/25/2012 02:24 PM, Jeremy Jongepier wrote:
> On 12/24/2012 10:45 AM, Florian Paul Schmidt wrote:
>> Now do it the other way around: Take some digital masters of albums and
>> cut vinyl records from then. Now do a double blind test. My hypothesis
>> is that you will be able to discriminate the vinyl from the digital
>> playback for the simple reason that the vinyl cutting and playback chain
>> introduces loads of imperfections that will be clearly audible.
> Doesn't this result in vinyl that can barely be played (unless the 
> digital master was done for vinyl specifically)? I thought masters for 
> vinyl and digital media were slightly different.

Yes, that was my impression, too.. For a good vinyl cut you have to have 
a different mastering to work around the limitations of the medium..

Actually I worded that second point rather badly. The point was that the 
vinyl cutting process (including special/professional mastering) will 
introduce many more audible artefacts than the 44.1khz/16bit 
downsampling export for a CD. Vinyl is an audibly inferior medium to a 
good digital chain. So much worse that you need highly trained 
professionals to work around the limitations to create a bearable 
product. Some people might still prefer the sound. But that has nothing 
to do with vinyl being the measurably better medium.


P.S.: I still like my vinyl collection of records. The haptics. The 
nostalgia. The big pictures on the covers.. The handling of a pair of 
Technics MK1210 and a good mixer is still awesome for mixes, etc..

Florian Paul Schmidt

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