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Paul Simon and Digititis...

Aloha,

I've been spending time listening to the new Paul Simon disc, and it made me think of an issue that I haven't really thought of in a while - Digititis.

I think there is a certain frequency range that Paul's voice occupies when he sings a certain way that is very attention getting in a bad digital kind of way with regard to hearing digital artifacts.

It's on those parts of songs where he "ups" his register a bit. Mostly when he's trying to sound a little plaintive or pensive.

Then, on top of that, Eno's "atmospherics" have that dreadful "digital surround effect" sound. Kind of hollow and metallic and like they used a very low bit rate. Definitely a distraction. The noise floor is distractingly high, too.

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This "digititis" marred Rhythm of the Saints, too.

The mixes seem a little strident in some parts. As I recall, the drum corps in "The Obvious Child" has this sound.

Anyway, is anyone else hearing blantant artifacts on this disc, or is it just me?

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Re: Paul Simon and Digititis...

Yeah, Buddha. ROTS might be a great album-- I simply can't listen to it. As I recall, that was true of the LP, too. I believe the source was dig-it-all.

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Re: Paul Simon and Digititis...

I don't have the new disc, Buddha, but I had a similar complaint with Rythym of the Saints. I thought it was just me, or my room, or my system. Aint processed sound great.

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Re: Paul Simon and Digititis...

90% of mainstream "pop" music is engineered by either morons who haven't a clue and/or guys who figure (correctly) that hardly anyone will listen to it on equipment with better resolution than a boom-box; so it is engineered to sound good on a boom-box. It surprises you that a balance engineered to sound good on a boom-box doesn't sound good on a high-resolution system?

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90% of mainstream "pop" music is engineered by either morons who haven't a clue and/or guys who figure (correctly) that hardly anyone will listen to it on equipment with better resolution than a boom-box; so it is engineered to sound good on a boom-box. It surprises you that a balance engineered to sound good on a boom-box doesn't sound good on a high-resolution system?

Wow, the parallels to American politics are mind boggling!

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