Are you an audiophile who roots around in dusty old stores for that Bowie record? Or perhaps a musician who is frustrated with the quality of digital version of your song? Either way, the music landscape seems to be slowly changing in a direction that calls for some cheer. For musicians and audio nerds who rail against the steep drop in sound quality since digital music has taken over the music industry, the renewed interest in vinyl and high-quality, lossless audio is a bright spot for sure!
When it comes to sound quality, advances in the technology used for audio recordings have a lot to answer for. Songs recorded before digital recording existed were captured on large analog tape decks which caught the sound in the studio and the music was then sold on vinyl records. On vinyl, the audio quality is high because the entire frequency bandwidth or spectrum of sound is captured. With digital recordings which employ computers, only sections of sound at split-second intervals get recorded and then encoded in computer language. This process or translation of the music leads to a loss in quality. With low-quality mp3 files, what happens is that dynamic nuances such as the loud and soft ranges and high and low notes are often cut out. For a musician or recording engineer, having spent numerous hours at the studio, perfecting adjustments of instruments, sound boards, mixing and mastering, this is a very big let down.