I'm a child of 70s and 80s rock, and that's my listening preference, but relaxing music helps me work when I'm knee deep in paperwork and I would find my normal rock playlist distracting for that. My personal preference is Baroque classical, some types of classic jazz.
That story on the pricey vinyl albums being made with a digital recording of a master tape was interesting. I'm not a crazy audiophile, but I like good sound. Having spent 20 years of my life as an audio engineer, I know good sound from bad. However I have no particular affinity for vinyl. A good high bitrate digital file is fine with the right equipment. I'm perfectly happy listening to MP3s but they have to be high bit rate. I can't, for instance, listen to XMRadio in the car unless it's via the app. The compression and low bitrate on the satellite broadcast is actually painful to my ears (cymbals in particular sound like crap).
Yes the company should have fessed up about using digital as part of the process. The company claimed they made their records directly from an analog master tape. In reality you want to do this rarely. Every time you play a master, you wear it out a bit.
The reality is they record the master tape to a very high RAW bitrate digital file. And then cut each record from that. There's nothing wrong with that, if properly revealed, and it's a more responsible way to treat the masters which have a limited number of plays left to them. This is not an MP3. It's a very high quality studio master digital recording.This comment was edited on Aug 8, 2022, 15:17.
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