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TL;DR: it depends on the recordings. You can't make a blanket statement about it. Vinyl has one advantage over CDs: mastered audio, pressed to vinyl, cannot be extreme in its nature. Brick wall limiting just doesn't work on vinyl because the extreme peaks and valleys it creates in the playback groove cause the needle to skip and jump out of the groove. The ...


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You're going to want to qualify exactly what "better" means. The quality of sound is a highly subjective topic, especially where digital and analog recording media are concerned. Many people prefer the sound of vinyl. Lots of people prefer "cleaner" digital sound as well. Personally, I like the sound of recordings on vinyl. This includes the cracks and ...


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Here are the basic steps to get this going. You will only need the RCA cables to connect the turntable to the amp and the amp to the tape deck. Plug the turntable output into the phono input of the amp (SU-Z760). Set the Selector knob on the amp to phono. It should send the signal to both tape deck outputs. Plug the tape 1 out (rec) of the amp to the ...


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It's hard to say for sure, but I believe you're right in this case - the tape marker appears to pass underneath the headshell, and there's a pronounced "pop" sound as it does so. I believe the tape is bumping the stylus back into the previous groove, thus creating an endless loop. It's worth mentioning that the artist in this video was using that "loop" as a ...


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Mostly because of preference. Most people prefer to be able to choose an amp they like with monitors they like. Keeping the parts separate also makes maintenance easier. There may also be concerns about the power of the amp interfering with the speaker some or vice versa, though I'm not sure if this would really make a significant difference. The long ...


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I think the answer is that they're looking to have the cleanest signal path. The introduction of a DAC is just one more link in the chain, and when the chain is only as strong as the weakest link, the fewer links, the better. Also, high-end DACs are an industry unto themselves. High-end monitor companies focus on the mechanical properties of the speaker,...


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Analogue medium do technically have a higher dynamical range than digital due to the nature of being analogue ("atom"-level wave description, although you have material limitations of the material vinyl itself, but still). If the human ear can hear the difference of a 24-bit digital version of it, or even a 16-bit version, is of course open for debate. If ...


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Integrated circuit power amplifiers reach a point of negligible incremental return quite low on the cost curve. From a reputable source you are not going to see a measurable improvement beyond $20. It's an extremely mature technology, about the oldest and most active of any electronic technology. Correlating the quality of a headphone amp with price is ...


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It's all about listeners' beliefs about what staying true to artistic integrity means. If a record was recorded mono (mostly very old recordings), and then re-mixed or re-mastered to be stereo, it means that someone other than the original artist or engineer has altered the source material. This concept is contrary to some people's desire for the original ...


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A record works by cutting horizontal grooves in vertical troths that the needle runs through. These are typically a loop which works from the outside to the inside of the record. In order to make a loop, either the spiral is replaced with a circle (with the loop lasting as long as the rotation can hold audio, or you can force it by placing tape over part ...


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The Late 2012 27" iMac does not appear to have line-in, just a headphone port. I'm not sure which model you have, but if the 27" doesn't have it, I doubt the smaller ones will. You can double-check by selecting About This Mac from the Apple menu. Then click the More Info button and then the System Report... button. Next, click on Audio to the left. If you ...


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Digital: +Easier to design +Low cost +Infinite replication (in software) +Total recall +Undo +Often easier and faster to use +More bandwidth/channels in a smaller form factor +Better S/N performance in hardware +Does stuff that cannot be (at least reasonably or cheaply, or at all) done with analog electronics +Usually implements visual feedback of the ...


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I have done some digging and experimenting, and will hopefully even hear back from members of the Ableton community soon, here are the answers I've found so far: 1: What is the scale of "Detune"? This value is some type of percentage, where 0 is the tone being played, and 100 is one octave above that tone. But it doesn't seem to be linear. 75 is a whole ...


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Not really an answer, but a bit long for comments… To echo Dave's sentiment; as owner of many old reel-reel machines, gathering dust in a junk room I would heartily agree. Keep them for if you ever need to rescue something. I have tape baking facilities for that eventuality, which have seen occasional yet important use over the years. For all other ...


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Yes, any analog transition or transmission has quality loss. How noticeable that loss is depends on a variety of factors including the quality of the DAC (digital to analog converter), the quality of connections, the quality of cables, the quality of any amplifiers, etc. That said, it isn't likely to practically matter particularly much. All digital audio ...


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There are various concerns which need to be addressed with the solution you are proposing. Power output of the JBL Flip 4: From the specification here the JBL Flip 4 speakers are stereo speakers with a max power output of 2 x 8 Watts. The harmonic distortion of this speaker is unfortunately not listed in the specification, but one may assume that there ...


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The difference between those two products is that one includes an analog to digital converter and a digital output, in addition to the analog outputs. You might want the digital output if you have a mac (most modern macs have digital input) but no outboard audio interface. Or if you have other gear with S/PDIF digital input. Don't trust me (really). Check ...


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tl;dr: digital has no headroom. 0dB is the max. this is the European kind. USA digital is 2dB hotter. give it a bit of time, it will start to make sense. from here


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I rely on a lot of digital tools when making sound. For instance, I often put an EQ on every channel, have a lot reverbs running and some compressors too. All automated, so I can get the most out of them (to my abilities) all of the time. I run a large number of tracks and busses. And I must say the noise reduction technology of today is way better than it ...


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Well, to be perfectly fair, you get what you pay for with these things. I think $20 is not a reasonable expectation for a headphone amp at all. Headphone amps are definitely in the professional sound market, and as such, they command both a certain build quality and price range. For any decent headphone amp I would expect to pay at least $100-200 minimum, ...


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The main challenge with digital audio is that it is difficult to tell if it has been edited or spliced together since there are no generations of loss. A lossy format such as MP3 would further complicate this as it would make any minor issues with cutting things together more difficult to distinguish. It should be easy enough to identify the speaker, but ...


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An MP3 file is a very poor source for any kind of analysis. This is because MP3 files involve lossy compression, and the degree of compression can vary depending on how the file was encoded. The lossy compression process removes content that the human ear-brain system doesn't notice, but some of that information may be relevant for the type of forensics you ...


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The best quick, comprehensive, practical introduction to the film pipeline that I know of is the DV Rebel's Guide by Stu Maschwitz. It doesn't cover everything in depth, but it will give you enough terminology to know what else to search for. Film and video have very different workflows, but based on your question, it sounds like that may be part of what ...


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Use any decent quality tape deck. Stereo recording tape decks are quite common.


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With analog equipment, if the signal level rises above the maximum input level of the equipment, it will begin to distort. The corresponding output level may or may not continue to increase, depending on the equipment. At some point, you will begin to damage the equipment. Equipment that has Line-Level inputs will typically not accept levels much beyond ...


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First, make sure the head of your "new" 424 is in good shape. Tape heads can go out of alignment, which will significantly reduce the quality of the signal you are able to get our of your tape. Next, even if you can get your system to recognize a pair of 2-channel recorders (easier on OS X with its Aggregate Devices than on Windows), they still won't be ...


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I happen to still own my Tascam 1/2 inch 8 track tape deck and I will warn you DONT BUY ONE while recording on tape seems like a "fun" idea its actually a nightmare. Ill give you a few reasons why (then ill get to adding analog to the chain). Tape is expensive: 8 Track tape is not made in the quantity it used to be made in and does not last for ever it ...


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The role of an audio power amplifier (be it a traditional hi-fi amplifier, the embedded amplifier in powered loudspeakers, or the small amplifier that drives the headphones of your smartphone) is to provide the electrical power to physically move the speakers (not all of them are properly loudspeakers, but for simplicity I'll just say speakers). Radio waves ...


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