Digital Issues

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Author: Michael Day@Tina "As for CDs, the sound quality is the same as a digital wav file or MP4 from iTunes. CDs became unpopular when the same quality music could easily be accessed online. - See more at: http://www.socanblog.ca/en/why-youth-are-embracing-vinyl-again/#sthash.kdVaZj8A.dpuf" The above statement is completely false. CDs are 16 bit 44.1k audio. MP4 files from iTunes are 256kbps 16 bit, whereas CDs are around 1400kbps 16 bit. .WAV files, however have nothing to do with quality, as they are a completely lossless and compression-free format. When I mix and master tracks in my studio, the final mix and final master that get put on the disc is .WAV files. .WAV is the simplest, purest form of audio, meaning the file sizes are enormously large. What I hear on my studio monitors is the original master tracks. They are .WAV files, but unlike what you're referring to, they are 24 bit 192k .WAV files. When you burn a CD to your computer, the highest possible quality .WAV you can burn is a 16 bit 44.1k .WAV. This is because when final masters go to disc, all CDs are published in this format and quality. So, when you say CD quality is the same as a digital .WAV file, you're wrong. It CAN be, but depends on everything else. You can convert the shitty .MP4 iTunes files (which are basically just 256kbps MP4 audio) to a .WAV if you like, but it will be nowhere near the quality of a CD, which is nowhere near the quality of the .WAV files in the open ProTools session on my computer when the album was being recorded, mixed, and mastered.Author: TinaGreat article. @Veroniqe - the digital mastering technique of a digital music file to vinyl is much different than mastering into digital format (which is pressed to a Master CD). There is a big difference in sound between the two formats even if the source capture is digital for both. Agreed, the digital production to vinyl sound isn't the exact same analogue sound from yester year but it certainly is "truer" and "purer" to that sound - meaning, warmer and scratchy, less polished. As for CDs, the sound quality is the same as a digital wav file or MP4 from iTunes. CDs became unpopular when the same quality music could easily be accessed online. There is something magical about vinyl. CDs nor digital music can compare with the experience of hearing the needle drop onto your favorite classic album!Read more comments