Digital and Analog music differences
Here is a good article about Digital and Analog music by Recording Connection.
The question of analog vs. digital audio is one of the more hotly debated questions in the world of music, film and media today. Does digital sound better? Does analog sound better? Is there even a noticeable difference?
It’s impossible to understand the difference completely without understanding what distinguishes analog audio from digital audio. A full discussion of these terms is best left to your curriculum and discussions with your mentor in the studio. For now, though, here’s a brief explanation of what these two words mean, and the differences between them.
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Below is a great article about digital audio recordings:
The death and life of digital audio
By Jonathan Sterne
For many years now, critics have written of digital audio recording – in its myriad formats – as less ‘live’ or less ‘natural’ than analogue recording. By implication, these critics suggest
that digital audio is closer to death. Taking the metaphysical assumptions behind such claims as its starting point, this essay analyses three key elements of digital audio:
temporality, definition and mobility. By troubling the notion of time as a continuous linear flow, and by troubling the idea that all analogue media share this continuity with ‘natural’
time, it is argued that digital recordings have as legitimate a claim on sonic experience as their analogue counterparts. The argument about experience extends into a consideration
of the problem of sonic ‘definition’: the range of possible pitches and volumes in a given recording. Higher definition does not necessarily make a recording more lifelike. Finally, the contexts in which recordings are generally heard today mitigate against the idea that
they must aim to perfectly reproduce a live performance. Rather, their liveliness should be judged by the degree to and manner in which the recordings themselves circulate. Judged
by their social lives, rather than by a dubious metaphysics, digital recordings are at least as lively as analogue recordings ever were.
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Here is a good aticle on lossless audio compression
Although lossless audio compression is not
likely to become a dominating technology,
it may become a useful complement to lossy compression
algorithms in some applications. This is because,
as we will see, lossless compression algorithms rarely obtain
a compression ratio larger than 3:1, while lossy compression
algorithms allow compression ratios to range up
to 12:1 and higher. For lossy algorithms, the higher the
compression ratio becomes, the lower the resulting final
audio quality, but when the lowest possible data rate is required,
lossy techniques are the only alternative.
However, lossless audio
coding of stereo CD quality digital audio
signals sampled at 44.1 kHz and
quantized to 16 bits could become an essential
technology for digital music distribution over the
Internet because some consumers will want to acquire the
best possible quality of an audio recording for their
high-fidelity stereo system. Lossy audio compression
technologies such as MPEG or MP3 may not be acceptable
for this application.
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
ABOUT VINYL, CD’s AND AUDIO FILES
BY JAY MILLAR (UNITED RECORD PRESSING)
I’m sure you heard about the
resurgence of vinyl or possibly
perused the Billboard cover story on the marriage of vinyl and digital. It’s true, vinyl is back… not that it ever went anywhere, but in a time when physical music sales are shrinking, vinyl is experiencing a real period of growth.
From vinyl’s big comeback to the time restrictions of a 45 RPM 7”.
Hopefully you will find this helpful as you’re putting together your first or next vinyl project. Enjoy.
vinyl, it’s the new vinyl!
These days one of the most common questions I get is what is causing the big vinyl comeback? Oddly enough I don’t think it’s what happened to vinyl that’s causing the comeback, it’s what happened to digital. First, for many audiophiles and DJs, vinyl never went away. For others, such as myself, it’s the emergence of the MP3 that brought vinyl back. Plain and simple, there’s no need for discs to be compact any longer so some folks are ditching their CDs in favor of the warmth of vinyl and the convenience of MP3. CD has its advantages and if there was only one format, CD would probably make the most sense as you get a tangible item, artwork and a reasonable level of compactness. That said, with the emergence of digital, things have changed and the ideal situation now seems to be having your iPod or MP3 player for times that require portability (the car, the gym etc.) combined with vinyl for the peak experience at home. If you’ve got vinyl and an MP3 you’ve got everything you had with the CD but the artwork is larger and the sound is warmer and somehow more intimate. Plus listening to a CD (or MP3 for that matter) is a common daily background activity but listening to vinyl is an event.