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RE: Why are CDs digitized from master tapes?

> If that's the case, why don't music industry switch to the so-called 'needle drop' production? Meaning,
> when planning to reissue a classic album, why don't they digitize it by playing the good LP copy on a top flight turntable,
> and then encode it into the Red Book digital format, and then cut the CDs?

It might even be easier than that. Peter Ledermann of Soundsmith used to produce playable master lacquers. I heard one on a high-end turntable and it sounded better than any vinyl LP I have ever heard. It had the quietest surface yet produced the ambient background of the room in which it was recorded along with exceptional dynamic range, clarity and transparency. Consequently, you wouldn't even need to press a vinyl record to get the kind of analog sound quality necessary to produce an analog sounding Redbook CD. I don't know why this hasn't been done but I think it would make exceptional sounding analog quality CDs not to mention exceptional hi-res digital recordings.

Best regards,
John Elison

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