Week 27 of "Hot Wire" Album (06/09/10) - Making my way through editing the video footage from our ABC2 piano/vox gig ... only a few still left to do ... What a great gig it was! I had to let u guys see this version of "Violently" ... Pat is so on it! ... One of the best versions we've ever played.
The Red Book Standard.
I was mastering the first album of my wee bro's new band Toy Tin Soldier this weekend. Its a really good record ... very alt country ... and I got to thinking about the audio CD standard "Red Book"
The audio CD was invented by Philips in the early 80's and Philips receives a royalty from every CD, CD and CD player sold in the world due to the fact that they license the technology to the manufacturers ... nicely done Philips :)
The basic "Red Book" specifications state that
1. Maximum playing time is 79.8 minutes
2. Minimum duration for a track is 4 seconds (including 2-second pause)
3. Maximum number of tracks is 99
4. Maximum number of index points (subdivisions of a track) is 99 with no maximum time limit
5. International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) should be included
It also specifies the form of digital audio encoding: 2-channel signed 16-bit Linear PCM sampled at 44,100 Hz. This sample rate is adapted from that attained when recording digital audio on PAL videotape with a PCM adaptor, an earlier way of storing digital audio.
And in a few years it will be obsolete :) ... Good riddance too ! ... The record companies deceived the consumer by saying the Cd was a new technology that was expensive to manufacture ... that was a lie! ... They and Philips conspired to suppress the fact that CDs were cheap to manufacture ... so they charged premium prices for Cds ... but we, the artists did not get anymore money! ... so glad we're out of that! ... Our own company Blairhill Records gets all the profits from our new albums now and you only pay £9.99 as opposed to £15.99!
There's a great book call "Music 3.0" by Bobby Owsinski that explains it in greater detail ... a must read!
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