Sound is produced by air pressure variations, which are transformed in electric intensity variations through a microphone. This analog electric signal is then converted into a digital signal binary encoded with an AD converter (analog to digital), when being recorded on a CD, hard drive, or any digital device.
Lossy compression : is based on discarding irrelevant information, such as data outside the range of our hearing or vision. These encoding systems or « codecs » are called destructive since once compressed, it is impossible to retrieve the original file. Deleted data is deleted for ever : therefore, a wave file (cd quality standard) […]
Neil Young and Apple’s Steve Jobs discussed offering digital music downloads of « uncompromised studio quality ». Much of the press and user commentary was particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of uncompressed 24 bit 192kHz downloads. There are a few real problems with the audio quality and « experience » of digitally distributed music today. 24/192 solves none of […]