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Digital Storage and the Recording Industry

Discussion in 'Music' started by Botch, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Botch

    Botch I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S! Superstar

  2. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    I would have thought that digital files were more secure. Sure some weird plug-in may have been used to create the file but why wouldn't each track of a multi-track recording get transcoded to a universal audio file type?
     
  3. soundhound

    soundhound Well-Known Member

    Digital storage is a huge problem. I have a rack of DAT master tapes from only the 1990s, and they are pretty much unplayable. Contrast that with a 1/4" stereo analog tape I bought at an estate sale which was from the late 1950s - it played perfectly and sounded like it could have been recorded yesterday.
     
  4. soundhound

    soundhound Well-Known Member

    That's part of the problem; there was no "universal" digital file in the early days of digital recording. Mitsubishi, 3M, and Sony (among others) all had different formats and encodings, all uncompatible with each other.
     
  5. Rope

    Rope Well-Known Member Famous

    Digital storage has never been more inexpensive than it is currently, so I understand the dilemma from prior digitally stored masters. Over the past 3 years hard drive prices have plummeted to all time low. Taking this into consideration, why can't major studios, or who ever might own the rights, store these digital files in PCM (.wav) format. Seems like a extremely universal format that can be adopted by everyone concerned.

    Rope
     
  6. soundhound

    soundhound Well-Known Member

    Early digital masters were recorded on magnetic tape. That's the problem: not only do the tapes deteriorate, but the machines to play them on are becoming scarce. Hard disk recording is a more recent development which came well after the introduction of digital recording on multitrack. ProTools is the standard now (I use it in my studio), but that has only been the case for the last several years.
     

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