MP3 vs SHN?

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Posted by Terry on 04/22/02 - 12:47:09
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Any more comments on this topic are welcome unless we've already flogged it to death:

While I agree in principle to keeping MP3s out of the trading gene pool, the argument is a bit over-rated.  I've downloaded some SHN files that sounded like shit--simply because the source (a 1970 audience tape, for example) wasn't that great to begin with.

On the other hand, I've scored quite a few MP3 shows (Dead, Floyd, The Who, etc.) that sound vastly superior to many of the analog cassettes that I've collected over the past 25-30 years.

MP3s, if the source material is good, can sound as good or better than a lot of live recordings out there.

I think the best thing to do is simply identify anything on your own trade list if it came from MP3s.  That way your fellow traders are warned in advance.  You can even add a footnote if the sound is "excellent for an MP3" or "Jack's bass not loud enough" or whatever.

By the way, I use a Mac (OS 9.1) with cable internet access.  I can download SHN files now.  However, I don't have to do much of anything else to sound files since I use a stand-alone TASCAM CD-Burner.  No muss, no fuss.

And, finally: yeah, man, why are JA/JS live shows (in any format) almost entirely absent from the internet????

P.S.:  Macintosh G3 computers only had analog stereo outputs.  I understand that some of the newer G4s have digital outputs instead.  Some of you can see the obvious benefit for stand-alone CD burners.

This is a good topic worth flogging, no?


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