> After a lifetime of listening to tape saturation and harmonics from tube
> * Now, in the 2000's, we have the so-called "loudness wars," in which every
These two things are not unrelated. :-)
Also, the loudness wars are nothing new. Everyone noticed long ago
that louder recordings sold more records. Even in the 1950s, pop acts
pushed mastering engineers to make a recording as loud as possible.
Bob Ludwig tells some good stories about this.
The only reason it didn't get really bad until the 1990s/2000s was
limitations in the technology. Digital techniques took the brakes
> * Recording and mastering from multitrack tape to vinyl is a process that is
The early days of tape and vinyl were no monument to best practices.
Digital is still suffering from engineers practicing out of
superstition rather than knowledge, but it's still come of age much
faster than vinyl did.
> In the 80's, people were using terrible
The convertors were not as advanced, but they exceeded the preceeding
analog technology in every way.
> * In the 90's, analog/digital converters continued to be horrible
I rather disagree. They're not as textbook perfect overkill as they
are now, but the technology was already fully modern by the mid 90s.
Setting aside bugs of course. Eg, ESS stumbled badly a few times in
the early days.
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