Originally posted by: pwmchapman
Young people now listen to increasingly more electronic music which does not suffer as much from compression than natural instruments, for this reason.
By "young", I assume you mean those born after about 1955?
I like your thinking - makes me feel much better about my age! Compression has been a fact of life in recording and broadcasting since at least the mid 1970's, possibly longer, as, of course, has widespread "electronic" music. What's sad about modern (i.e. since 1988ish!) digital compression are the greater number of non-harmonic artefacts compared to analogue compression, although as a multiplicative algorithm analogue compressors (whether electronic or through tape) always did have slightly odd effects.
Back in the 1980s, I worked in one of the first companies to produce a viable commercial digital audio data compressor, and although very good it was a bit irritating on, say, piano music. At the time I was, being a good audio geek, dead against it. Having mellowed in my old age I now just think its great how easy access to music has become. And in reality a modern MP3 recording is of no worse quality than a 45 on a Dansette!!
But certainly it is good that the technology is being pushed at the high end so that if we want high quality audio and video recordings we have the choice, and if we want to squeeze 20 films onto our personal player we have the choice there too.
Of course there's a final interesting point on age: I used to be able to tell the difference immediately between 16 bit 44.1kHz audio and vinyl (much preferring the latter), nowadays not only has AD / DA converter technology improved but my ears have started fading and I can't tell any more. At the same time I'm listening to more and more classical music, so think there' s a good compensating effect coming in here!
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
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