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RE: Why are CDs digitized from master tapes?

> I wonder how many people would prefer the master tape (digital or analog) to the CD or LP?

I have a good friend who repairs and restores Studer tape recorders. He has a reputation of being one of the foremost authorities for the repair and restoration of Studer tape recorders in the North-Western United States. He is also heavily into digital and he convinced me to buy a TASCAM DA-3000 digital recorder a couple of years ago. Anyway, to make a long story short, he sent me a digital copy of a high-speed analog master tape made on his TASCAM DA-3000 and it was the best sounding digital recording I'd ever heard.

I firmly believe that digital is accurate and can therefore copy both vinyl and analog tape transparently. I know digital can copy vinyl transparently because I've been doing it for years; therefore, I have no doubt that it would copy a master tape transparently, too. At any rate, the digital recording from the master tape that my friend made sounds absolutely outstanding to me.

Based on my experience with digital over the past 25-years, I can't understand why the record companies don't make better sounding CDs. I nearly always make better sounding CDs using my own digital recorders than anything I've heard from record companies.

Go figure!
John Elison

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