21 Aug Vinyl sales slump quality blamed. It’s time to stop using digital masters
Vinyl sales slump quality blamed. It’s time to stop using digital masters
While vinyl has undoubtedly been enjoying a surge in popularity the likes of which we haven’t seen for 30 years, vinyl sales are slowing down. And many think quality is to blame.
According to Neilsen Music data, vinyl sales jumped by a whopping 38 percent in the first half of 2015, right at the beginning of the wax resurgence. In 2016, the growth was 12 percent. Now in the second half of 2017, that figure has only risen by two percent.
Despite the resurgence of vinyl records in recent years, the quality of new LPs are not as good as “old” LP’s claim observers because record Companies are resorting to laying down vinyl from digital sources.
Old LPs were cut from analogue tapes—that’s why they sound so high quality.
Speaking to Channel News, Analogue Planet editor Michael Fremer spilt the beans on what you’re really getting when you buy some new wax:
“They’re re-issuing [old albums] and not using the original tapes. They have the tapes. They could take them out and have it done right – by a good engineer. They don’t.”
Whether it’s deadlines, laziness or straight-up cash money holding back the majors (and likely some indie labels) on this, it needs to halt. Some people fall in love with vinyl for their aesthetic and physicality, sure, but the die-hard collectors driving the comeback are the audiophiles.
Source: Channel News
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