a complex history
The transition from MP3 to Hi-Res music with a quality higher than CD has not yet become a mainstream phenomenon. Companies like Sony would like this, some rock stars with Neil Young at the head and audiophiles, but for now Spotify wins. Nevertheless, there are quite a few people in the world who use high-end equipment and do not stop looking for new sources of high-quality digital music.
Every day more and more stereo receivers and even mobile phones equipped with powerful DACs appear, but finding music in Hi-Res audio format is still not easy. The problem is that there are not so many digital recordings with high sampling rates and large bit depths (above 24 bit / 48 kHz).
If we talk about streaming services with high sound quality, then, in fact, the only choice is Tidal (review, MQA test). This platform has its own quirks, but it allows streaming music in 24-bit / 96 kHz format. Continue reading
Making music is the most human and human occupation in the world, but in recent years, artificial intelligence has also begun to play on this field. Algorithms are involved in almost every stage of musical production – from creating beats on drum machines to writing the melodies themselves, which can hardly be distinguished from people’s creations. Now AI is starting to work in mastering, and this raises the question of the need to use qualified specialists in one of the most difficult areas of music production.
Mastering is the final step in post-processing audio, and its task is to make the final track sound balanced no matter what you listen to: even in Spotify, even in iTunes, even on disk. The purpose of mastering is to create a solid, coherent musical experience, leading the listener from song to song. Continue reading
Summarizing the sound quality of the audio system, our listeners are often forced to guess and speculate what the artist “actually wanted to say” on a particular phonogram. Today we have a unique opportunity. Meet the indie duo Ummagma will tell you first-hand how the music arises and the album is recorded.
Reference: Ummagma is Alexander Kretov and Shauna MacLarnon. In the project, Alexander is responsible for the iron, and Shona sings. In addition, MacLarnon is responsible for the small but agile agency Shameless Promotion, which helps with PR many musicians, including indie veterans like Christina Hersh or Stephen Laurie. The couple now lives in Canadian Peterborough, raising a child. June 21, Ummagma will be released next work «Compass». Continue reading