- Nov 3, 2014
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There's a lot of truth in that. A lot of the issue is that when something was remastered for digital, the master itself was drastically changed. Everyone was fired up about how much clarity and crispness you could get from digital and when they remastered stuff that was originally issued on vinyl they leaned on that. Mrs. G and I have a vinyl collection but also the same cuts in digital form....so sometimes for fun we'll run the two formats simultaneously and A - B between them. The digital has clarity for sure, but usually quite a lot thinner....but not because of the medium necessarily, but because the re-issue was mastered that way.
Also, the first-generation digital desks had fairly primitive AD converter circuits, which are a lot of the reason 80s CDs (both new digital recordings and remastered analogs) were criticized, with justice, as "harsh," "tinny," "overbright" etc.