It obviously includes a heap of clipping, and a clipping related glitch so noticeable even non-audio geek (is that the right term?) fans are complaining about it.
Whenever this topic comes around, I recommend the following two articles - maybe education will ultimately help? Fingers crossed
The album will be here soon, and sadly, as with the previous two RHCP albums, the mastering has been done by Vlado Meller. He has gone the hyper-compression route again, although the album sounds better to me than By The Way and Californication, in the case of the later, how can't it sound better?[...]
I'm not sure if it's funny or not that the vinyl gets the high quality release. It's certainly annoying.
I have had Stadium Arcadium about a month now and is a bit dissappointing IMO. Some tracks are OK but the production quality is poor. Could have made an OK single album. Not recommended!
I really like the music, I don't think it is fair for us to analyse the sound quality so much at this stage. My reasoning for that is simple, the hyper-compression has ruined the mix of some songs. I am going to hold final judgement on sound quality until after I've heard the vinyl version.
I think its entirely fair to criticise the quality considering this is marketed and sold as a CD. I paid something like £12 for mine and it was the first Chilli's album that i have bought. If there is a better mastered version then this compressed stuff should never be released IMO. Suppose its all about the money but this smacks of a sell out. If the producers/artist's don't care about the quality then I for one will not be buying any other Chilli's material. Will just do a download as the quality won't matter Yes i agree that music is first but surely you have can both
"For people to steal a poor sound quality version because some asshole put it on the internet is sad to me." Flea, RHCP.Well Mr Flea, you didn't hear the CDs final mix then did you? Garbage in, garbage out.
A picture paints a thousand words. I've bought the CD (the week it came out actually and barely listened to it) but I'll certainly try and find the vinyl version via p2p. What a crazy situation.