And that’s another good point. Not only does a record player, especially most LP12s, have a particular sound, I think we listen differently, unintentionally. Probably to a whole side, not just ‘a song’, or a playlist. It’s more of an experience.Infiniteloop said:For me, the most interesting part of this thread is the bit comparing vinyl to digital and which bits (pardon the pun) of the chain in getting the recording to playback medium matter. For me, even if part of the path in getting a signal to vinyl is digital, it doesn't matter.
IMO the important part is the point at which the sound gets created; DAC for digital and cartridge for analogue. They are obviously fundamentally different to each other as analogue relies on a physical execution.
This thread reminded me of the last listening session I had with a HiFi mate of mine, who sadly passed away a year ago. We'd been listening to some music through his newly acquired Naim DAC and amps and it was impressive (although he listened far too loudly for my taste, bless him...). After a while we switched to his LP12. A few sides later, he looked at me and said, questioningly: "I was thinking of ditching the LP12". I didn't need to say anything, and I must have raised my eyebrows. Then he said: "But I guess not".
Reverting to the points above about the creative process, direct cut LPs are even rarer today than in their heyday, though some were demonstrated at the Windsor show last year. Sir Simon Rattle recorded the four Brahms symphonies this way, with his Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and there are various reviews and interviews online. Not the same as recording onto tape at all!
The earliest recodings, before mixing and multimiking, required performers and conductors to create the right sound ready for recording - playing to the mikes, if you like. These days, anyone can croon away and electronics can make it passable, such as X Factor.