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Re: [microsound] 7 points...

25 apr 2006 kl. 09.26 skrev Frank Barknecht:

This is trivial, of course a recording is just that: A recording, not the original. However once you recorded something digitally, this specific recording can be transfered without any loss of information, which is not true in the analoge realm. But that is trivial as well.

This is only true as long as you do no processing - only act as storage. Not even changing the volume.

4b. While there are some interesting differences between analogue and
digital recording media, these are not all that significant. A much
more striking difference is between a standalone digital recorder and
a computer-based DAW.

Never having worked with standalone gear, I'd be interested to know: what is this difference?

*Good* stand-alone gear at least sometimes has the processing power to do things "right". A DAW (without any hardware-assist) is limited to the processor doing everything else in the workstation. And this is not enough. Even a simple operation as chang-of-volume (a multiply) requires application of dithering not to add distortion. Dithering must be added at every step and every channel. This is very expensive in terms of processing power.

Many DAW:s also fall into the trap of using floating-point formats which not only has rounding errors but also is a format that is a bitch to apply correct dithering to. Most floating-point based DAW:s do not even bother - they just hope the distortion from the rounding errors will mask the quantization errors.

It can be argued that these errors are very small in a 24-bit fixed (or the equivalent 32-bit float) but when you add them up (many channels with many operations on each channel) this is very audible and tiring for the ear.

Finally good stand-alone gear almost always have better analog circuits/powersupplies than the ones inside a computer. This makes for a sound with superior PRaT (Pace, Rythm and Timing).

5. A process that requires three decisions to be made will be
completed more quickly than a process that requires thirty decisions
to be made. A process that requires three hundred decisions to be
made may never be completed.

Nonsense. It will be completed with the same likelihood as the processes of three or thirty decisions. However if completion time is limited, then of course any process taking longer to complete than the available time will not finish.

Not if it is a human doing the processing ... he/she may decide the three hundred desision system must have been designed by a moron and simply walk away.

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