I did not know that about the Grammys. Can’t say I am surprised, though:
The Grammys: the secret committee that alters the membership’s nominations. – By Bill Wyman – Slate Magazine
Why I Hate the Grammys
The secret committee that alters the membership’s nominations, for starters. But there are plenty of other reasons.
From a paper on mastering, from the Danish firm TC Electronics – thanks SM!
0dBFS+ Levels in Digital Mastering – PDF from TC Electronics
Several golden ears in the pro audio industry tend to believe that the best sound in pop / rock music generally was produced between 1982 and 1995.
Despite higher resolution in converters and DSP, lower jitter and probably a better overall understanding of digital media, we seem to be on a declining rather than inclining sound quality slope these years; even though people buying records and film may not be aware of it.
Obviously there could be many reasons for this we cannot directly influence: Trends, basic recording and microphone placement skills, more semi-pro equipment being used, shorter production times and therefore less attention to detail etc.
But if the public do not care, why should we?
Jon and I believe the Golden Years were the Seventies. The recording equipment improved in the Eighties and early Nineties, but the Eighties, while giving rise to a lot of original music, had an overwhelming amount of bad synth sounds and drummachines… I think the Seventies were incredibly creative.