Compared to modern digital technical solutions, vinyl records are superior. But, there are still analog limitations to the quality. No matter how much precision one achieves through digital encoding, the analog qualities of the source are ultimately captured on the disc and then amplified and amplified. Regardless of how it sounds, however, technology doesn’t altogether exist. Yes, for many analog fans, the superiority of vinyl records is superior to the superior digital sound quality of a digital recording. But when we talk about innovation in music production today, one isn’t wholly dependent on the technical innovations of technology to realize its exceptional quality.
Ultimately, great music continues to be made on a massive scale on various music formats today. Finally, technological changes can always be applied. It’s just about whether or not the music can be digitally enhanced and driven into another medium of media.
When we talk about technological advances, we talk about only those advances tied to the music’s sound quality. In other words, digital music sound quality can easily be translated into any other media format, especially in the case of vinyl records. When we compare the sounds of a vinyl record to an analog compact disc or digital album, we only consider those digital sound qualities in the realm of fundamental musical sound. In other words, analog mastering and other digital technologies related to that sound. We don’t compare that digital sound quality against the acoustic sound quality of a recording intended for release on a CD or as an analog vinyl record. That makes accepting new technology regarding recording, recording processes, or technological advancement easier. We accept technological advances when we accept new technology that helps produce a sound we love.
“Yes, digital technology can produce superior audio quality, and technological advances continue to show that. But that progress can be taken too far or could take on something more akin to a “technological torture chamber” situation. But the same technology that allows us to create that same sound can easily be used to produce inferior-quality digital music that isn’t quality.”
Technology like digital record pressing and digital mixing and mastering help produce superior music that has been shown to have excellent quality. So, we can see some progression in the sound of today’s digitally-made music. But we can’t say that technology has reached the point where the result is always superior. The situation remains, as in the case of music production, mixed positively.
Take analog recording as an example. There are many remarkable analog recording technologies out there. Recordings made on analog systems, for example, can be superior in quality compared to today’s digital recording technologies. Analog mastering can take a digital recording and push it to a higher level of audio quality.
Today’s digital mixing techniques are superior to the analog ones we’ve been using throughout the history of recorded sound. Today’s analog mixing techniques are exceptional in some respects. Yes, digital mixing can produce better sound quality for a digital recording. But the fact that technology can still create that particular sound and those sonic qualities are the objective sound of an excellent recording gives us something more valuable. For instance, the very existence of a technology like vinyl leads to a whole series of qualities that could have been more important for digital technology. Vinyl records sound like records, regardless of how technologically advanced or superior they are in technology terms.
The very definition of a vinyl record applies equally well to a digital record and to a CD. When we see something as superior to a CD or a digital recording, we see an advantage in the quality of that particular recording format. The same can be said for today’s digital recording technologies and how they can also be of good quality and sound.
We don’t necessarily say the analog qualities are better. There are elements of all recordings that aren’t available with digital technologies. Having a smaller recording studio or taking time to produce a record is integral to record production. That can also lead to limitations and sound qualities to be addressed. If the excellent quality is poorer on a digital recording, it is usually in response to those shortcomings. Digital mixing does require some adjustments.
Because there is limited space to move the sound and the mix around in the audio system, digital technology is superior to analog technology.
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