What happens when digital audio is pressed to vinyl?
July 22, 2010 4:25 PM Subscribe
More and more bands these days are releasing their albums on vinyl, which I think is really cool. However, isn't most recording these days digital? In that case, does the vinyl copy provide any auditory advantage?
posted by mekily to Media & Arts (22 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know a lot about vinyl, or sound recording in general. However, from what I've read on the internet, the main reason some people claim vinyl sounds better is because it captures the full sound wave, while CDs and digital audio merely approximate it through very rapid samples.
The best illustration I have found to explain this is here
However (correct me if I'm wrong), virtually all modern recording is done digitally. Therefore, the original recording is already an approximation and pressing it to vinyl does nothing for the sound quality.
Is my understanding of this correct?