[LAU] another linux audio bashing thread on slashdot

Set Hallstrom sakrecoer at gmail.com
Thu Nov 7 09:00:26 UTC 2013

On 2013-11-05 21:27, Will Godfrey wrote:
> On Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:57:16 -0500
> Joe Hartley <jh at brainiac.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:55:49 -0800
>> Ken Restivo <ken at restivo.org> wrote:
>>> I saw a mastering video with a guy who charges US$1k/song or something, and his "secret weapon" was a 2-track 1/4" deck. He'd dump the master mix from ProTools to the 1/4" deck at like 30ips, resample it back, and that got him the sweet lucrative loving he wanted from his customers.
>> Because mmmmm, tape compression.  You can fake it in digital, but it's not
>> the same.
>>> I thought, wow. You take a medium in which even cheap consumer crap has effectively perfect resolution, and dump it to a medium with basically 12-bits resolution (analog tape), and then A/D it back, and that's "the sound" they wanted.
>> Bob Katz begs to differ:
> Reading his comments I get the strong feeling he will say whatever gets him the
> most money. I've worked with 30ips machines. They are a total nightmare, and
> while a wide tape width improves noise, it actually detracts from frequency
> response (it would take an entire article to explain why).
> People usually use tape these days to add 2nd order harmonic distortion (warmth)
> and saturation distortion (compression). If you really want that, both can be
> had more reliably by alternative means.

One very often disregarded ingredient of a happy customer to a master
studio, is a kickass sales man :)

Everybody knows water is better for the body than soda. Yet, most of us
prefer buying soda. Because it tastes "better" and contains sugar!

Tastes, Sounds and colours etc.. are abstract and individual sensations:
they are easily manipulated with discourse. While i find it interesting
and sometimes amusing, I have never been fund of definitions of
aesthetic, or attempts to encircle the very nature of "quality". Like i
said i find it interesting, because it muses my thoughts. But given to
people with less confidence in what their own appreciation is all about
is dangerous, when not evil.

Best regards,

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