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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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.