saag at telia.com.invalid
Tue Nov 14 14:35:51 PST 2017
I ought to know this by now, but don't:
What sources do record companies, these days, use for their reissues of
pre-digital recordings? And how was it done in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
There seems to be a clear shift in sound quality for (reissues of)
1950's recordings and onwards: minimal surface noise, good frequency
response etc, and some of this goes for many post-WW II 1940's
recordings too. Early CD issues of 1950's recordings sometimes are
pretty poor, but the shift is still there: early CD issues of pre WWII
78's and even worse, as are some issues of post WW II recordings. All
this goes for both US and European reissues.
So my questions are:
How much is this shift in sound quality due to the advent of tape
recording? And how often were/ are master tapes (or copies thereof) used
How much did the advent of microgroove recording influence sound quality?
If tape masters aren't/ weren't available for reissues, how frequent
is/was the use of metal masters? Is it correct to assume that the
majority of yesterday's/ today's reissues have been made from transfers
of old pressings?
And what role do digital cleaning-tools today play in all this?
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