Brent and I enjoy some of the same books, and one that both of us got a real kick out of was “Not Quite What I Was Planning”, a collection of six-word memoirs that encapsulate peoples lives – some of them funny, some of them bittersweet, some of them profound. For example, a few contributions:
“Dad died, mom crazy, me too.” –Moby
“Couldn’t cope so I wrote songs” – Aimee Mann
“Macular degeneration. Didn’t see that coming.” –Ian Gould
“Brought it to a boil, often.” — Mario Batali Log in
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Will the quality of high-end audio finally trump the convenience of portability? Photo credit: Plusverde
Let’s face it: in the 70s and 80s, the bigger the speaker, the better. Brown grilles, orange woofer detailing – if you were serious about audio, it showed!
And then came the minimalist 90s . . . everything became tiny and invisible and as to quality? Well, it sounded better than your boom box or Walkman, right? Log in
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Q. Is there a way by which the MP3 format can be converted to a lossless format in the true sense? What is the best method of converting analogue signals to a digital format without compromising fidelity? —B.P.B.
A. Thanks for your interesting email questions.
The answer is no, an MP3 file by definition has already thrown away a great deal of data that cannot be recovered.
To convert analogue signals to a digital format without losing data or compromising fidelity, you have to use a WAV or AIFF file format. Either of these will preserve the PCM data stream and introduce no compression or losses, but the files will be large–about ten times the size of a lossy MP3 file. Log in
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Q. Recently I noticed that if you right-click on songs you’ve downloaded from iTunes, you can “Create Apple Lossless Version.” My husband and I did an experiment this morning and it took a song from 8MB to 25MB. The whole thing happened quite quickly, almost as though it “unzipped” something. Do you know how this works?—A.C.
(I don’t use iTunes so I posed the question to Andrew Welker, Axiom Audio Engineer, and to Chris–“Club Neon” on the Axiom forums. —A.L.) Log in
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