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In Reply to: RE: Back to Black records posted by Tom B. on September 09, 2020 at 10:32:52
To be honest, I've never been that concerned if digital is part of the chain as some of that was due to the nature of the time it happened, like rescuing older LP's that were recorded on failing Ampex 456/457 etc tape and the ONLY way to save the recordings was to bake them and then transfer them digitally to preserve the sound quality as much as possible. If they had done so in the analog form, then there would be another generation down from the original and thus a degradation of the sound quality (a bit more noise, reduced dynamics, etc).
Besides, digital won't change anything, but copy exactly as it was on the master tapes and now we can make remasters and not have to worry about adding tape hiss etc to the new master.
I see it more as a way to preserve what we have than it is anything else, especially with at least 24/96 being available.
Digital transfers can be excellent and the only way to preserve many older recordings.
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