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Ram, 24-bit audio, etc.

This is one of those times when I have something to say quickly, but just can’t be bothered to try to say it in 140 characters.

@rwandering: Listening to the new 24 x 96 unlimited Ram from @paulmccartney — sounds fantastic.

@cgerrish: So you’ve taken sides in #occupyaudio ? Have you read this?

My response to that:

Yeah, yeah, us mere mortals can’t hear anything.  Sure.  (I haven’t read the article yet).

My own experience says the following:

  • 24 bit mixing is really a big deal.
  • 24 bit (or higher?) transfer from tape is a big deal.
  • 24 bit mastering (i.e. 24 bits as the output ) is also pretty big.
  • 44 kHz is probably just fine.
But if I get something in 24/96 I’m probably going to listen to it that way (not on my iPhone!).
There is no doubt that one of the reasons this new Ram (and all the recent McCartney remasters and the Beatles 24-bit audio) sound so great is because of the newer technology in place today to transfer from tape to digital, and to do it at higher bit rates — there was no 24-bit mixing going on to my knowledge.  There are two fantastic examples backing up 24-bit (or higher?) mixing though:  The Beatles Yellow Submarine Songbook and the Beatles Love (and according to Steve Gillmor), The Beatles Rock Band music (though I’ve never heard it directly).
That is one heck of a lot of parenthetical phrases, but anyway . . . have I taken a side?  It seems so.

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