Having spent even more time with LINN's NEW EXAKT SYSTEM, I'd like to add something to what I wrote previously (http://linnhifi.blogspot.se/2014/04/linn-exakt-akubarik.html )
''LINN EXAKT brings you closer to and exposes your work from the studio'' ...
Mixing and mastering a piece of music is complicated. There are unavoidable choices to be made for example when a frequency from one instrument simply cancels another sound out (software programs, not just your ears help highlight this). There are also personal choices ... character that can be added from a certain unit on the rack or even digitally with a plug-in. There are musical choices which include levels of individual tracks (a guitar track for example) and arrangement. Panning left or right, sound stage, phase .... there are masses of tricks to bake into the cake and each engineer has their own special recipe. Then of course they have to tailor that recipe to their audience .. is it radio play which they ''wrongly assume is listened to on bad HiFi'' or will the listener be an enthusiast with an amazing LINN system?
(the above picture is a screen-shot from the modern day producers computer. Plug-ins are all the rage and you can simulate everything from a vintage Neve desk to a Neumann 87 mike. You can even play the drum kit virtually from Abbey Road studios and add it to your music. I am ''sorry'' to say it sounds amazing and very real and it improves almost daily.
THE FOCUS WITH ALL MODERN DAY PROGRAMMING IS TO RE-CREATE THE MAGIC OF ANALOGUE EQUIPMENT ... ANALOGUE SOUND ... so why the destruction of that in the mixing/mastering stage? MADNESS!!! )
What studios are not recognising, or chose not to, is the dramatic improvement in the capability of high end HiFi and that even the low-fi has become 'higher'. Listening back to great recordings on the new LINN Exakt system reveals more than I have ever heard before and improves the performance at home dramatically. I'd say it sounds better than anything I have heard in any studio ... BUT ...
I know the guys that wrote most of 'Pink's' songs so maybe I should tread carefully but I'm not going to. Played on LINN's new Exakt system, a recent track I heard from 'Pink' sounded absolutely awful ... to the point I can't listen. All those tricks the engineer used to maximise the performance for the target audience, radio-play/low-fi, where the mix/mastering has more focus on compensating for bad equipment than anything to do with making the best possible 'sound' for the performance, leaves very little of the potential of that piece of work left on the file you buy.
''THE LINN EXAKT SYSTEM IS BETTER THAN ANYTHING I HAVE HEARD IN ANY STUDIO''
So music-studios please take note of this ... whereas analogue recordings from the 60's now sound better than ever, YOU, NOT YOUR DIGITAL EQUIPMENT, ARE CREATING JUNK that simply cannot be listened to in the future.
Audio improvements are everywhere, the iphone/android & cheap headphones can blow my mind. Quality has arrived and will soon be in the hands of the majority. I can't count how many customers have come into my shop over these last years and moaned about 'kids with plugs in their ears listening to bad quality'.
You should have a listen to what they are listening to and you will change your judgement. It sounds pretty damn good.
My point is the studios must react so the music recorded today is as good to listen to in the future. Music is culture, it's the representation of a point in time and it's bloody important so stop ruining it for future generations. If it sounds this good already with a streaming service on an phone, it's going to sound allot better in the future. On top of that you are killing off the future commercial potential of that work for both you and the artist ... your killing off what you worked for ... your art!
It's stupid, it's narrow minded, it's spoiling it for all of us and it's extremely irresponsible!!!! Stop It!!