CD's vs, Vinyl
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Vinyl: The singer sings into the mic. The sound is recorded on a master disc. Then the vinyl is pressed and shipped. So you get sound as if they are right there in the room.
Digital: Singer sings into mic. Gets recorded onto computer. Get edited. And edited, and edited (since hardly anyone sings god anymore).
So you see?
In order to argue that digital music has no soul and vinyl does you would first have to prove the existence of the soul itself since nothing has ever been proven to have a soul. The "soul" that I hear when I listen to vinyl is inferior equipment and an impossible to ignore graininess. Digital music doesn't sound like its missing some sort of magical element to me, it sounds like a nice crisp and clean version of whatever song I've chosen to listen to.
I'll also make the argument that digital music is much easier to store than vinyl records, which take up much more physical space. I'll add to that the fact that the bulky machine needed to play vinyl is inferior to the modern (of various sized but rarely "bulky") machines we use to play digital music.
I was going to end this argument there but I'll go ahead and pile on the fact that I don't know of, nor have I ever heard of, a vehicle coming out with a vinyl player installed. I imagine there wouldn't be much space for anything else if there were such a vehicle.
True record collectors and players know there is no such thing as a "bad" to LP records. However, one small "issue" is the fact that high pitched frequencies and sibilance are difficult for the needle to trace. This can cause "the ugly crackle of distortion, while deep bass panned between the left and right channels can knock around the needle." (Greenwald) Another small concern is that the beginning of an album side will always sound better than the end. This is because as the needle gets closer to the middle of the album, the needle speed changes and it is unable to follow every millimeter of the groove. This can cause a slight change in sound, especially when the last song of the album has a fast tempo. In addition, the vinyl records can generate little noises like pops and crackles. However, these signature sounds only add to the authenticity and the whole record listening experience.
Either way I look forward to our fellow debaters weighing in on the subject.
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