What is a cassette?
Tape had a way of sending you, as a producer, totally NUTS!..
On the best take of the day you’d get a drop out. Your manager would never give you enough in your budget (if you had a budget) to buy tape so you could splice edits (“you want how much more? use the old tape those Maccas ads came on last year”) The tape gets old and worn, dusty and just crap..Remember the sound quality of your copy of Thriller before threw it in the bin and bought the CD?
That is the sound we’re talking about here, scratchy, no depth, hissy and plops that are very random. These would not be good enough to go onto the sales reps iPod, but they continually try to get us to play them on our radio stations. You know, the audio from a TV ad be used on the radio. That quality, the “audition” copy emailed to the client, the version that is 2.2 mg, when you preview it the screen pops up at about 200 x 200 pixels (would even look bad on your ipod nano’s screen and sound bad too). and THAT is what is supposed to go to air?
As the masters of the “Sound” of the stations, we know what sounds good and what doesn’t. For those poor clients who are being hit by the “We will only use .wav files for digital radio” well it could get very interesting. I guess the same should apply for TV who are neck long into the HD production of their material. It shouldn’t take many seconds to rip the sould off for Radio in full .wav format.
In the wash-up we have the client to answer to, and the almighty dollar, so we put the ads to air or the revenue stream stalls a little. What’s needed is for all content makers to stick together and keep the quality of our product as high as it can be. If you are unsure.. Think, if it looks like sh*t and sounds the same in your laptop speakers, it will sound like it out of your radio. Internet radio can sound like this, we can do better…