Monday, May 11, 2015

Music Education Monday: A master class
in understanding audio formats

This week's "Music Education Monday" explores a subject that's rather technical, but nevertheless of interest to any working musician who wants to distribute audio to the public.

Engineer Andrew Scheps is a music industry veteran who has won two Grammys and logged credits working with major pop, rock and hip-hop acts including Adele, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Jay-Z, and Metallica.

Working with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Scheps (pictured) also has put together a presentation about audio quality called “Lost in Translation” that compares many current music services to demonstrate the audible differences among the various file formats, from MP3 and AIFF to FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, and more.

Today, we've got two ways you can glean some of the info Scheps is offering. He was interviewed by Electronic Musician magazine for a very detailed article titled "Masterclass: Andrew Scheps, 'Lost In Translation,' and Understanding Consumer Audio Formats," which you can read online here.

Scheps also has been giving the presentation to a variety of groups in the tech, media, and music industries, and so you can see "Lost in Translation: Audio Quality in Streaming Media," as delivered for the "Talks at Google" series at Google HQ in California, in the embedded video window below.

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