New technology is often blamed for ruining sound quality, with downloads getting a particularly rough ride. But now it seems the latest gadgets are striking a blow for audio purity, at least when it comes to the new Metallica album Death Magnetic.
According to MusicRadar the version available for download for the PlayStation 3 game Guitar Hero is actually less compressed than the CD release. It seems as though the constant desire to make music sound one louder than anyone else has led to a more compressed and clipped mastering job, and Metallica’s army of fans are already demanding a re-mastered release.
And if you can’t quite believe your ears, then there’s a more technical explanation on Mastering Engineer Ian Shepherd’s blog