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I’m hoping to get some help on this subject. I have a question I’ve been wondering about for some time now. What the hell is the benefit of converting an album on vinyl to an album of digital files??
I understand the basic reasoning that an mp3 is MUCH more portable than a vinyl record. I understand that sometimes there are older releases that you can find only on vinyl. But besides that I am at a loss for words. This just goes against the whole point of vinyl releases. Right??
Listening to a record pressed on vinyl is an experience. One that is somewhat sacred and is an unique experience that can’t even be put into the same category as downloading an album from iTunes or any other online media distribution site and loading it into your media player of choice.
In the audio recording world it is fairly common to cut your basic tracks to tape (analog) and then transfer them into an audio editing program (digital). I completely understand the logic of this. You get many of the benefits of analog tape but get all the benefits of something like Pro Tools to edit everything together without the use of destructive razor blades.
The difference with this is that the source was analog to analog. The musicians are the analog and the medium capturing their performance is analog. High quality digital gear is used carefully during the conversion to retain many of the great sounds hit to tape.
But with a vinyl record (that has possibly already been through many many A/D conversions, what is the benefit to then convert it back with some encoding program to an mp3?
I feel I know my fair share about audio. But this one stumps me. Please someone, help me understand. I will be eternally grateful.