Marcel Answers: Digital Audio And Compressed Music Files

The question is: “With music being compressed into small music files, has the rise of digital music distribution affected the recording and mixing process of artists you have worked with? If so, how does that show on the music carried on people’s iPods?” Having stated his case clearly, Marcel describes some of the potential sources and causes of “poor quality” audio, as well as extolling the virtues of digital audio when used to its full potential. Sample rates, bit depth, word length and digital distortion are all discussed here as well as some techniques that can prevent digital distortion when transferring flies between platforms.

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