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cgc:
kats wrote on Mon, 15 November 2010 11:26
And just to be clear, I don't think these Apogee's are bad. I am just wondering out loud if we've come to a brick wall as far as 24 bit recording is concerned.


Is this it?


The best converters only resolve about 20-21 bits so getting the full 24 is still a goal.  

kats:
Why do we need the full 24 bits? I understand the philosophy behind higher sample rates vs. filter implementation, but not really why we would need more bits.

cgc:
kats wrote on Tue, 16 November 2010 10:45
Why do we need the full 24 bits? I understand the philosophy behind higher sample rates vs. filter implementation, but not really why we would need more bits.




Maybe we don't, but your topic is so incredibly vague I was attempting to offer something tangible.  

Geoff Emerick de Fake:
I think the brickwall is not 24bit; it's that the current technology has hit the point where it is so devoid of audible flaws and artefacts it has become tasteless. Just like the purest water has no taste and no colour, one has to mix it with alcohol to regain some excitement...
The excitement of tape comes from its flaws, saturation, head bumps, flutter, self-erasure, noise-dither...The closest to perfection it became (A827), the less exciting it sounded.

Podgorny:
Geoff Emerick de Fake wrote on Mon, 22 November 2010 09:49
Just like the purest water has no taste and no colour, one has to mix it with alcohol to regain some excitement...



I'm happy with a pinch of salt and some CO2.

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