Another possible reason for the apparent degradation of audio quality is that, compared to a decade or so ago, it is now easy for almost anyone to create their own music and turn it into a finished master.

In many ways this is a good thing, but this blasé attitude towards music production has meant that the end result is not as cherished as it once was.

This seems to have had an effect further up the chain, where, combined with greater financial pressures from the struggling record companies, there is more demand to get the job done quicker and cheaper, resulting in a rushed "that'll do" attitude regarding the quality of the finished work.

The irony is: we have an abundance of incredibly good high-end audio hardware that could barely have been imagined 20 years ago, but the incentive to apply the required time, skill and effort in using this equipment effectively, seems far more scarce.




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