- Nov 15, 2020
- Brussels, Belgium
A bit ? It’s very unethical now that we have the technology to preserve the recordings !
Wear down our cultural heritage so some audiphooles can enjoy “pristine” analog vinyl ,they will eventually be destroyed forever if one keep at it.
Imho it’s more unethical to wear out the masters than scam the audiophiles neither is good , but if one properly care for a good backup scheme , they digital versions may survive the master tapes us and mofi altogether.
I just wish they'd start releasing DSD256 files since that what they record and master at (I'd take anything higher than 64), instead of their SACD's.. but they probably think piracy would ruin sales. However, you can rip SACD's using a $40 Sony Blu-Ray player and a small amount of tech know-how..They would never call it AAA because that's literally impossible for an SACD release. (Or a CD release) The final letter has to be a D.
Sure why not?
Or when doing the original DSD file they could use the master tape as if it were cutting the master lacquer, but instead it is cutting the master DSD file which will then be used instead.
I can think of other ways you could do it keeping everything else analog all the way.
There is some process where the Master tape is the source for cutting the lacquer. Make a copy of that in DSD and then use the DSD as if it were a tape machine. Again one could do it other ways, but this way no edits or processing of the DSD file is needed. Seems pretty simple. Of course hearing a blow by blow description of what they do would be nice.As best I can tell from the online descriptions of the analog workflow, 'vinyl mastering' is equivalent to 'mastering for cutting' (...except when it isn't)
I need to find better sources. On most sites that discuss what an LP mastering engineer does, and how LPs are made -- these tend to be sites for commercial enterprises that either master or cut records -- there are no details of what 'intermedia', if any, are involved , i.e., if you start with a stereo mixdown tape of a single track , how many generations of tape are involved in getting it onto a lacquer master of an LP? There is rarely mention of 'production' master tapes.
And the amount of sheer anti-digital nonsense on some of these sites is appalling. E.g this one dives right into a pile of it
This is essentially what they're doing:There is some process where the Master tape is the source for cutting the lacquer. Make a copy of that in DSD and then use the DSD as if it were a tape machine. Again one could do it other ways, but this way no edits or processing of the DSD file is needed. Seems pretty simple. Of course hearing a blow by blow description of what they do would be nice.
I think it is, it's called backups. A separate question is, if the owner of the files wants to use that solution.I am not sure that the "forever preservation" of digital files is a solved problem, at least of files like the ones being discussed that very few people has access to. Sadly.
yep its not super hard to preserve digital data if you are willing to invest the resources. you can have an on site server with a raid array to store the data and then a cloud off site backup in case a fire or something happens at your site. and if you want to get really fancy you can get magnetic tape backups and put them in a climate controlled room. we are probably close for DNA digital data storage to being a viable option also.I think it is, it's called backups. A separate question is, if the owner of the files wants to use that solution.
It’s not in my Top 10, but there is no arguing that it is an album of massive historical significance in pop music. As a 54 year old it seemed to dominate the airwaves when it was released for a good year or more with hit after hit. I’m curious of your impressions of the $100 MoFi vinyl remaster? Are you able to hear differences vs other vinyl or CD?Honestly it's an incredible album and unbelivably dynamic for the genre and i feel more people should experience this. So yeah lol.
So is this sheet new or has it been out for some time and people just didn't pay attention?This is essentially what they're doing: