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3D Printers Give New Life to Old Recordings
1/18/2013

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National Museum of American History curator Carlene Stephens examines a glass disc recording containing the audio of a male voice repeating 'Mary had a little lamb' twice, made more than 100 years ago in Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Lab.   (Source: Rich Strauss, Smithsonian)
National Museum of American History curator Carlene Stephens examines a glass disc recording containing the audio of a male voice repeating "Mary had a little lamb" twice, made more than 100 years ago in Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Lab.
(Source: Rich Strauss, Smithsonian)

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: An accomplishment to get this far
Cabe Atwell   1/29/2013 5:12:24 PM
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If analog is king, will wide-format tapes make a resurgence?

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tekochip
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Re: An accomplishment to get this far
tekochip   1/29/2013 5:56:24 PM
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Not for me, your mileage may differ.  I retired my vinyl years ago, and I'm a firm believer that the CD is king and that digital music reproduction gets a bad reputation because of squished down MP3s.  Tape has way too much hiss, except when used with DBX or other companding.  That said, I still love my old Fender tube amp, so I do believe in some retro gear.


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Ann R. Thryft   1/31/2013 12:04:00 PM
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tekochip, I didn't address that era of lousy-quality CDs, since we're thankfully past it now. I don't want to even imagine how bad "Layla" would have sounded.

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Cabe Atwell   2/1/2013 4:55:56 PM
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Nevertheless, it is unfortunate to say, since 3D printing is based on digital signals, the LPs created are digital copies. In other words, less quality than they could be. In the case of preservation, It is good enough. Now it just seems silly to print an LP. I suppose it's a good option for those hipsters out there. It's all about image these days.

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