Posted By stephen on 05 Dec 2006 5:07 AM
People downloading music for free didn't bother him as "ain't worth nothing anyway."
Yeah, and then he went and did an iPod ad, cheeky git.
Environmental Noise? Has this guy ever heard of noise canceling headphones? Yeah, they're expensive, but it it really bothers you enough.... Personally I think environmental noise is OK in some cases. Some albums are clearly sit down in a quite room with headphones, but for some reason, Sonic Youth sounds better on a first floor apartment with the window open mingling with the faint sound of a city street, dunno why.
Some modern CDs are overcompressed, but overall CDs are definitely better mastered than 10-15 years ago. Listen to some early CDs, they're awful because they were mastered by folks used to vinyl.
Digital Music (not MP3s, but a theoretical but possible format in the not too distant future) and advanced MP3 player electronics could actually do away with "mastering" in the traditional sense. Imagine a cross between digital audio and midi. The file would contain the unmodified audio from the master recordings, but also midi-like instructions that tell your player how to compress, mix, distort, etc. that audio on the fly, basically the file is "mastered" as it's played back (this would require massive processing power by the standards of modern MP3 players) If you didn't like how the producer made it sound, you could just modify the midi instructions to your taste.