[LAU] Lossy audio to lossless format

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at rocketmail.com
Wed Oct 1 09:45:25 UTC 2014

On Wed, 2014-10-01 at 11:21 +0200, Egor Sanin wrote:
> On 10/1/14, Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at rocketmail.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, 2014-10-01 at 10:54 +0200, Egor Sanin wrote:
> >> I get the feeling at times, when getting music
> >> from torrents and such, that not all files
> >> claiming to be flac are actually lossless.
> > How do you get the impression?
> I get this impression by an unreliable method called intuition, and I
> am wondering if there exists a reliable method that I can use to
> confirm or refute this intuition.

I heard all kinds of sold reissued recordings. Seemingly I didn't heard
a loudness war remaster, but seemingly I heard CDs produced with vinyl
record equalization. "Intuition" that something goes wrong, is something
I can understand, but what does cause the common bad sound quality is
quasi impossible to say, we just can imagine. Most common seem to be
recordings were the loudness mix gets completely out of control, if this
happens the industry tries to calm down customers with lies about
accidents when doing the digital recordings. In the LAU and/or LAD
mailing list archives are some examples. IIRC The Red Hot Chilly Peppers
sold a broken recording and I once had the Rock for Light and the I
against I from the Bad Brains, seemingly the CD was produced from a
vinyl equalization master or something similar. The German Wiki about
loudness war mentions the remastered versions of Something from The
Beatles. Audio quality is out of style, for good reasons I _can't_ work
as audio/video engineer anymore, the evolution that happened within the
last decades is emotional unbearable.

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