Monday, December 29, 2008
For all of you sound geeks out there, there's been a totally fascinating fallout from the utterly crap sound of the new Metallica album. Mastering engineer Ian Shepherd discusses the "superiority" of the vinyl over the CD on his blog. The quotation marks are there because the sound isn't great in either format. In fact, the sound is better on the earlier-released Guitar Hero version. You've got problems if your song sounds better on a video game. It's all about trying to punch things up for the eventual compressed output by clipping some of those pesky sound details. To quote Shepherd, "Louder is better, but Too Loud is worse".