Ok, I am in ranting mode, bear with me !
Mp3 is crap. It always was and it always will be. It is an infernal compression system designed by the helpers of Satan with the intention of destroying real music, corrupting everybody's hearing and making us forget what music really sounds like.
Bye bye MP3. Goodbye and good riddance.
'....but I have whole hard drives full of beautiful music encoded at 128 kb that I listen to on my iPod with my iPod earphones .....like millions of my friends...
Ok, mate, if you use these awful dreadful ghastly-sounding earphones supplied by Mr. Jobs (are you reading this, Steve ? ) and you think that 128 kb still sounds good then all is lost for you. Keep listening and be happy. Poor s...d.
Why am I saying this ? Because I always hated Mp3. It is bad. No such thing as a free lunch. You cannot discard 80 or 90 % of audio information and expect that not much will happen. At 64 kb it is unusable. At 128 kb it is bad, not as bad as 64 kb but still with audible compression artefacts caused by the system running out of bits and filling in the blanks. Higher bit rates reduce that problem but even at 320 kb where artefacts are barely audible the sound quality is much reduced because of the markedly lower resolution compared to an uncompressed recording. Now if you use earphones supplied by the above mentioned Mr. Jobs you will be hard put to notice the difference. But put your recording through a good speaker system and compare it with the uncompressed version and you will go..what ? I never realized it is so bad....etc.
Some years ago I did some tests with Acoustat electro-acoustic speakers and I used all bit rates and did A B comparisons. Only then did I fully realize how bad Mp3 really is.
Now that was then. Today, in the age of terabyte hard drives and fast internet Mp3 is obsolete, plain and simple. If you value your music, that is.
For us in the ICM community who often deal with archival recordings and are passionate about preserving the music of the great masters Mp3 has no place anymore. Once you have encoded a recording with Mp3 you have damaged it forever. Which deprives any future audio or music buff of the chance of ever restoring that recording. Any recording that has been mangled by Mp3 is a lost cause .
What has brought on this sudden fit of rage ?
My dear friend Carleton sent me a recording of what I consider to be one of NB's benchmark performances. It turned out to be much better than my own recording and the original tape was clearly not bad at all. But, it had been encoded with Mp3 at 128 kb. I shudder to think that many important recordings have been ruined with Mp3 and gone into circulation and that one day that may be all we have.
That is tragic.
I earnestly appeal to this community, please , if you transfer recordings from tape or LP or CD do not encode them with MP3. Take the time it takes to send them as .wav files, buy a big hard drive and just do not use Mp3 , period.
Future generations of ICM lovers will appreciate your efforts.
Yo. Thats it.
Greetings to you all .
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