A press release issued last September by Penguin Group imprint Blue Rider Press, which is publishing Young's upcoming memoir, may have revealed the working title of Young's entire project. In addition to the memoir, says the release, "Young is also personally spearheading the development of Pono, a revolutionary new audio music system presenting the highest digital resolution possible, the studio quality sound that artists and producers heard when they created their original recordings. Young wants consumers to be able to take full advantage of Pono's cloud-based libraries of recordings by their favorite artists and, with Pono, enjoy a convenient music listening experience that is superior in sound quality to anything ever presented."
Such a service would allow music fans to download audio files that sound like the studio recordings of the past, as opposed to the über-compressed song files that are currently available at MP3 stores like iTunes and Amazon. (When reached for comment, a Penguin Group representative directed Rolling Stone back to Young's publicist.)
Young has a history of paying close attention to audio quality. His 1968 debut LP was one of the first albums to be mixed with the short-lived Haeco-CSG technology, which improved the sound of stereo albums played on mono equipment. Young has also been heavily involved with the remixing and remastering of his catalog for years.
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Link Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:44 pm Post subject:
Of course, it will get downloaded into MP3 players everywhere, rendering the format useless. Still, millions of audiophiles will claim it to be superb, and I predict a widespread need for audiophile 3.5mm plug to 2 RCA adapters.
IN order for Neil Young;s recordings to sound better, he needs to learn how to sing.
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Link Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:25 pm Post subject:
Still won't sound as good as the old vinyl.
indeed. If the "original studio quality sound" doesn't "sound as good as" the old vinyl, that would pretty conclusively prove that you (or whoever, if you're actually being sarcastic) *like* the distortion introduced by vinyl. Which is cool if you happen to like that particular distortion, but you shouldn't claim it's "more accurate."
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