Fake Hi-End Audio

Apple and others continue to push the lie that lossy music is high quality.

They claim they will soon be shipping studio quality airpods and over-the-ear headphones.  Please.

Nothing lossy is studio quality.

Nothing wireless is studio quality*.


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Mastering The Equalizer

The most important thing in recording and mixing – the equalizer.

Learn to master it. Your music and mixes will come to life.


Here’s 2 great videos giving you the basics of how to EQ:


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Dither is Loss

There’s this thing in digital audio called Dither.

It’s the first step of lossy-ness.

But it’s never talked about outside of mastering engineer shop talk.

I think it’s ignored because it’s misunderstood, and frankly, would hurt sales if explained.… Read the rest

Never Underestimate Sound

Sound waves as visual art.

Standing waves are around us when we listen to music. Good sounding rooms minimize them.

This video forgets to mention that the vibrations around us are detected first by our hair follicles and joints before … Read the rest

Proper Digital Audio Playback

The PonoPlayer got it right, whether they survive as a business or not.

There is a right way and a quick way to build a digital audio playback circuit.

The following information comes from Charlie Hansen, the designer of the … Read the rest

Movie Lovers Coalesce The Vapors Around Streaming

It’s not just music lovers realizing that streaming has a long way to go to match physical media.

Film lovers see the same issues:  degraded quality, no extras, no ownership, unknown/ temporary access.

We give up a lot for … Read the rest

The Problem With Experts Indeed

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Interesting take over on RealHDAudio taking shots at a music producer.

I read and replied to his post but it’s not publishing over there, so here is:


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Timing, timbre, and room sound.
Timing, timbre, and room sound.
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Anti-Audio Tech Sites, Pt. II

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I’m an A&K and I take sound quality very seriously.


To followup on my rant against american tech sites like Ars Technica and how they completely ignore hi-res audio, I found some proof.

Check out Crutchfield, an american stereo catalog … Read the rest

The Power of Labels

Degrade -d  

  • treat or regard with contempt or disrespect
  • lower the character or quality of
  • reduce to a lower rank, especially as a punishment

Synonyms: demean, debase, cheapen, devalue, shame, humiliate, mortify, abase, dishonor, dehumanize, brutalize, lossy

 


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Lossy Is Hurting Us

Quick visual experience:

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Summer fun in full resolution: Cedar Point, Ohio looking over Lake Erie.

 

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If you stream music or buy lossy files, here’s your version of summer fun. Close enough, right?

 

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The Art of Recorded Music

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A canvas. A monitor. A block of clay.

Human imagination is more fertile and expansive than all of them.

Human imagination is where the soundstage of recorded music is rendered.

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Creating sound for a recording takes planning. Even a … Read the rest

Streaming’s Shortcomings

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If everyone got their music from streaming?  That’s a big problem.

Streaming…

  1. has no cross promotion with local events or the local economy.
  2. has no cross promotion with local unsigned bands.
  3. has no direct connection back to the artist.

  4. completely
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More Hi-Res Rumors For Apple

imagesI guess this is good – rumors are floating again that Apple Music is moving into Hi-Res Audio.  Being a rumor there are very few specifics but a few people more influential than me are saying that 24/96 streaming … Read the rest

Guide To Hi-Res Audio

The momentum continues, as more publications pick up on this new push towards quality in consumer audio.  MP3 won’t die without a fight, but it’s 15 year grip on the music industry appears to be loosening.


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Headphones or Speakers

One thing I think is lost during audio debate and discussion these days is whether we are discussing listening on speakers or headphones. I find them to be very different.

Music is very complex vibration. When it is made by … Read the rest

Promises Fulfilled

I don’t think I ever posted this – this is from a guy that spends his life testing high-end audio devices – things like $15k Amps and $5k headphones. This ain’t my market as you know.

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Room Acoustics 101

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Here’s a simple to understand, visual version of basic room acoustic properties. People argue about gear and formats and often times forget to deal with the most important aspect of what they are hearing – the room.

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Making Records In The Age of Pono

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Great blog post covering Pono and the trends in music from a well known music producer. There is a lot of work to still be done in ending the era of bad sound quality but I like how he acknowledges … Read the rest