Originally Posted by Chu Gai
What I don't get Amir, is why you lend just credence to what that recording engineer said?
Credence is very light word compared to the pedestal that Amir puts this small time guy on.
But this is a pattern. It doesn't matter how old or frequently debunked the reference is, if it bolsters his position...
The guy goes to some show, hangs out with some recording engineer buddies, they toss a few down, and what does he come back with? Renewed hope! I guess he can call it that. How's about instead we call it wishful thinking? Or maybe a temporary cash cow as record companies once again look to sell us, the buying public, one more copy of this or that?
Very insightful words, but the guy has a little bit better CV than that:
Originally Posted by URL="http://www.rareformmastering.com/engineers.html"
"My audio career started in 1984 while taking a radio production class in college. One thing lead to another and half way through that first class I found myself working behind the scenes for an NPR affiliated news and jazz station. I was doing everything from editing radio dramas to recording local jazz bands after hours. Those recordings would eventually be aired on the station and some went to press. Before I even knew it, I was mastering. In those early years I also spent a lot of time doing studio and location recording and post production, and many long hours tinkering with electronics and electro-mechanical devices.
In 1989 I moved to Minneapolis and have been working as a full time mastering engineer ever since. In that time I've mastered more than 4,000 albums for a diverse group of local, national and international clients ranging from Prince, Jonny Lang, The Cure and many others, right on down to the hard working musicians that make local music scenes thrive. I've made a career out of getting paid to listen to music, and life is good!
In addition to studio life, I'm active in a number of creative and technical communities. I'm a former chairman of the Audio Engineering Society (Upper Midwest chapter), a voting member of NARAS (the Grammy people), and an active musician and supporter of my local creative community."
I know guys like this, and they are not stupid, or lazy, or drunks, or inexperienced.
After all, it works reasonably well for movies. Movie comes out. Rerelease comes out with director's cut and commentaries. Re-release comes out with alternate endings. Re-re-release comes out boxed with sequels and prequels. Re-re-re-release comes out in 3D. Gets a limited theatrical re-release. And so it goes. Give me a fookin' break here!
Mastering engineers get a lot of no-glory work. If a record company exec wants something with its dynamic range smashed to smithereens, and has money to spend, do you think that good old Greg will turn him away? Nope.
Maybe as an expert he might consider that if hi-rez or whatever you want to call it, starts to make a significant impact the studios or the recording artists will once again look to juice it up and the whole process will begin once again.
I'll bet money this guy has never done a reliable listening test in his life. Just like more than half of the other eggspurts that get shoved under our noses.
Just because you call him an expert so what? History is replete with experts getting it wrong.
In this case, guys like Greg probably cheered on the record company executives who pushed DVD-A and SACD, right until their failure flushed their careers down the porcelain convenience. Thing is, while their careers died, Greg and hard-working smart guys like him had work and got paid. Their CVs got longer and hooray for the King, the King is dead!
How many computers did Watson say would likely be needed?
If memory serves, 8?
Dewey defeats Truman? What happens to the Broncos when Manning takes a hit and turns into a paraplegic? High speed rail travel? Edison didn't think the phonograph had commercial value. And what about you as an expert getting behind HD DVD?
Ouch. I went back and read a few of the posts that Amir made back in his glory days at MS. He was controversial while he was in the hot seat, and lots of people danced on his grave after he retired
In retrospect DVD-A and HD DVD shared something in common - they were retro technology just trying to wring more sales out of a basic format that was less than the best we could do at the time or later.
Expert? Bah! Cue up The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again".
HD DVD failed, and Blu Ray won. On paper, Blu Ray was the superior technology, no? Now that we have it, it seems like a solid advance, given that people will put really good video on it. Of course I've seen any number of Blu Ray releases that aren't even DVD quality video. But that's not the fault of the format.