Originally posted by gm:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Lee Flier:
[...] I've been asking the following questions in this thread and so far no one has answered:
1) How can "objective" tests be developed that will compare PT to other digital environments, which will take real world factors into account? If such a test can be developed, I would love to participate.
I think Lynn and other have proposed such a test...Lynn?
My thought would be to generalize the digital mixing (ProTools or anyone) environment to it's mathematical basics: technology (float vs fixed), word width in the multiply/accumulator and in the path to plug-ins being the main two, and do listening eval tests on these.
In fact there's alot of listening work going on with dither and it's place in a mixing architecture.
Maybe it's time for another blind test. Same song mixed in PT, DP, Nuendo, Logic, an O2R, d8b, maybe an Oxford. Line 'em all up and let the listeners decide which is which. Make it so you can't find out the answers until you've posted your opinion. Maybe we could all learn something.
I love making people listen with their ears instead of their eyes.
In truth, there are things going on with digital that we haven't even defined the terminology to describe them. No one had ever heard of jitter back in 1982 when the CD came out. I think we've got a lot more research to do just to find out what we're hearing and why. Then we can start trying to fix it. But until we've defined the problem, it's really hard to try to fix it.
I discovered something last night that I've never seen or heard before in PT. A one time anomaly or a systemic problem? I'll have to do more research before I say anything.
I think we'll get to the bottom of these issues. Just don't hold your breath. Analog recording wasn't perfected overnight either.