Brianc wrote:They're actually using CDs as the masters! Doesn't this defeat the whole ethos of vinyl?
In some cases, yes. Unlikely to be of interest to some here, but the recent Black Sabbath album 13
caused a furore amongst some as the CD version was claimed to be inferior sonically to the vinyl pressing - over-compression seemed to be a primary complaint.
I think there was a token nod to the 'phool market there as I heard the mention of "180 gramme" pressings.
However... don't be surprised at the idea of all-analogue studios remaining; they are definitely out there - I was watching something only the other night on TV and was greeted by the unmistakable (to this poor sap, anyway) shape of a 24-track Studer A80 (I far preferred the A800). Equally, there are people who buy small analogue sound desks (e.g. Amek BCII/BCIII) as a "front end" to digital sound desks - to alter their sound.