George Harrison’s 1970 classic triple album, remastered.
The Abbey Road team offers hi-rez (24bit 96kHz) downloads without peak limiting.
Life will be quantifiably shittier after the last local shop closes.
Stream: Them Crooked Vultures – “New Fang” Look at that waveform. No dynamic range whatsoever. It’s a good song, but imagine what it would sound like if you could actually hear the sound of the instruments. It’s as flat and squashed as a McDonald’s hamburger. For shame! Grohl’s drums still manage to sound badass though. … Continue reading Them Crooked Vultures – New Fang
A professor of music at Stanford tests his incoming students each year to determine how we become attuned to what we like: He has them listen to a variety of recordings which use different formats from MP3 to ones of much higher quality. He described the results with some disappointment and frustration, as a music … Continue reading Kids These Days Don't Know from Quality
Mixonline talks to legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig about “the loudness wars, changing technologies, and more than four decades of musical inspiration”: Hopefully this whole loudness war thing that we’ve been through with the CD, there’s no more room to go any louder. These things are just stupidly loud and annoying to listen to. There’s … Continue reading Bob Ludwig vs. Loudness Wars
The Wall Street Journal has another good article about the loss of fidelity in today’s recordings: Even Heavy-Metal Fans Complain That Today’s Music Is Too Loud!!! Over the years, rock and pop artists have increasingly sought to make their recordings sound louder to stand out on the radio, jukeboxes and, especially, iPods. But audiophiles, recording … Continue reading If It's Too Loud, Turn It Down (in mastering)
The Consumerist asks the musical question, Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables? The answer is yes: Keeping us blind folded, my brother switched out the Belden wire (are you ready for this) with simple coat hanger wire! Unknown to me and our 12 audiophile buddies, prior to the ABX blind test, he took … Continue reading Monster Cables vs. Coat Hangers
The Wall Street Journal asks, Are Technology Limits In MP3s and iPods Ruining Pop Music? But man, couldn’t they find anyone who doesn’t sound like a complete “back in my day” fogeyist? Kids these days, I tell ya, they just don’t care about quality anymore. At least according to dudes who’ve worked with Fleetwood Mac, … Continue reading Are Audiophiles Just Fogeyists?
For the first time in recording history, a vinyl master was cut in analog straight from a one-inch master mix. Recording guru Steve Hoffman explains how this was done and why it was such a big deal. Sounds like they’ve got some audiophiles over at Warner Bros. They’re even setting up a subsidiary to sell … Continue reading White Stripes Make Recording History