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Subject: Digital Distortion
From: "Rich Peet" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 16:58:48 -0000
Many already know this stuff and can disregard this post.
But for the ones out there that are fairly new to digital recording 
take note that distortion in the digital world does not sound the 
same as distortion sounds in the analog world.

In fact there are some well sold "famous" CD's out there on the 
commercial market in natural sound that have a lot of digital 
distortion.  Sometimes you have to know the critter to identify that 
the recording is distorted and sometimes the people doing the 
final "master" don't have a clue what a critter sounds like.

Linked is a stereo 400kb wave download that is distorted on both 
tracks.  One track is clearly more so but looking at the spectral 
display can make you wonder a long time how the computer made the 
bird sound like that.

I hope this post helps someone avoid recording that perfect sound 
that ends up being more techno-garbage.

Rich Peet


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