What We Settle For with MP3s

I was just looking around on G+ and came upon this video that shows what MP3s have done to the market. Eye-opening to say the least. I have read about Neil Young’s efforts to bring back hi-fi quality to digital recordings with Pono, but from the poking around I did, this is an audio reconstruction effort, not a ‘let’s put larger files on the internet’ effort. It is from the Harmon corporation, called Clari-fi  and attempts to sense what elements have been removed from recordings via compression and then restore them. Interesting idea, as it would not necessitate a change from how media is currently delivered.

There is some really good information in this video, presented by some top name artists and engineers. They present deep insight into what we have grown accustomed to with digital music, and how the industry has changed over the last two decades.

Here is the link to the video http://youtu.be/mDZcz-V29_M , its 22 minutes long, but worth the time. And don’t forget to check out the Clari-fi link above.

As musicians and recording professioinals, I think we owe it to ourselves and everyone else that our music touches to present the best quality possible. If we don’t strive for excellence, why are we in the business in the first place?

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Compression -UPDATED-

I am not a big fan of re-blogging. It just seems like “yeah, me too” and a lazy way out. And I really hate that my very first substantive post on this new site is a re-blog, but lately I have been trying to better understand compression. I have studied some of the greats: Dave Pensado, Chris Lord Alge, and others, who, all to my chagrin, seemed to fall short of the mark in helping me to really understand compression in a clear and concise manner.

However, when a topic is thoroughly explained and little to no improvement can be made on the original author’s efforts, there is simply no need to recreate the wheel. These two blog posts over at Sonic Sense hit the mark for me. The articles are nice, but the two YouTube videos are packed with information. In fact, watch both videos at least 3 times each!  Hopefully you are not as dense as I am (I had to watch them 4 times each just to absorb all the information) and can catch it all really quickly.

So here it is, a disappointing re-blog. But trust me, you won’t be disappointed in the content!

Compression 101

Compression 201

UPDATED with the latest one.

Compression 301

Thanks to Josh Berman at Sonic Sense.

UPDATE 02/16/2015 Aren’t you glad I scour the internet looking for more training material for you?

Courtesy of MixbusTV  The Ultimate Compression Tutorial

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