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BTG Is Going Hi-Res

Posted by DjPaulT on November 19th, 2011

Happy weekend everyone. As you may have noticed, over the last couple of posts there have been some changes. I decided to bring BTG to the next level and start offering 24 bit/96 kHz high resolution files. I already record everything in 32 Bit float. I decided since I already have high resolution, why not make it available to you as well. Not many blogs are doing this or even offering lossless. We are one of the first to do this, and other blogs have followed in BTG’s lead. The 24 bit files are much larger than the standard 16 bit FLAC and MP3 files, but the resolution is much better. Think of 24 bit audio as you would think of HD resolution on your TV; 24 bit is HD for your stereo. The larger files and longer download time should be worth waiting for if you are an audio geek like me. I have been toying with this idea for a long time. I have gotten many people asking for 24 bit/96 kHz resolution. So, I decided to go ahead and do it. I was originally going to wait until the start of the new year, but I am impatient. Also included in the 24 bit download is the lossless artwork @600 dpi png format. I did resize the images to 1250 pixels. The original image sizes are huge and would make the files even larger. As for past posts, I may go back over time and re-visit some of the older posts to add 24/96 links. Have a great weekend.

~ DjPaulT “The Rhythm Is The Power”

If you are unsure about 24 bit audio and want to learn more, below are a couple of links that may help you to understand 24 bit audio a little better.

24-Bit audio Explained

How Stuff works: Is The sound Of Vinyl Better Than CD

19 Responses to “BTG Is Going Hi-Res”

  1. Spring Says:

    Hi dear Paul! I’m so exited when I write these lines now. I want to express my gratitude. I was one of those people who asked you to make changes to an established order. And here it has occurred!!! It’s so remarkably that we had a chance to hear music of even more qualitative. No one compact disc and the sound equal to them can’t be compared to a vinyl sound – it’s a fact! I’m so happy (and I think that there are a lot of people are feel the same). THANK YOU! You are the pioneer. You are the first and the best. I’m your personal fan forever and ever! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Spring I can always count on you make me feel good. I am glad to have you as a devoted fan. hope you are having a nice weekend so far.

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  2. Gene Savage Says:

    WOW… 24/96… this is FANTASTIC news!!! Thank you SO MUCH… this truly is the best way to archive the recordings. I’m thrilled that you’re choosing to do this. I’ve always looked to your posts as the highest possible source for these recordings; this only strengthens that opinion for me.

    Your hard work and efforts are truly appreciated!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Gene it’s so nice to see you here commenting I would like to hear from you more often.

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  3. Gianni Says:

    This is a major breakthrough as well as a big undertaking for Paul and BTG. As we all know, a lot of work goes into this blog to provide us with the music that we all love. Now things are going to get better!

    As this is a one-of-a-kind blog, we should continue to support it by actively writing comments, making requests, sending in vinyl, and most of all, making regular donations to keep our beloved site running.

    Here’s to a new chapter in the history of BTG!!!!

    Cheers,

    Gianni

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Gianni I appreciate all of the support you have given. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend 🙂

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  4. Bellenger1981 Says:

    Wow! This is fantastic news, Paul! Congratulations on upgrading Burning The Ground! Thank you! 96k/24-bit resolution is the future of digital music. Only a handful of sites are offering this high resolution music.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Bellenger1981 🙂 Thank you for being a longtime reader.

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  5. Ricki Says:

    Tears.. Tears… Tears…. of JOY. Now you really did it!! I was always hopeful and now finally is here, although I was really happy with at least getting 24bit(48k I think) but now with 24/96 I am thrilled. The fact that you had a large collection of albums that were already ripped in HR (at least some of them) might make your life easier for several weeks, months if not years through re-posts. I know that they will need more Bandwith from you (for posting) and for us (downloading) but, for me as a user, I won’t complain, besides you are also providing redbook and mp3. I am pretty sure that there will be a voice here and there saying that is a loss of space, blah, blah, etc, etc, etc but that argument went the way of the doo-doo bird when TB hard drives came out.
    I said too much already but from the bottom of my heart a big THANK YOU! (and another hug too) Ricki

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Another hug to you too Ricki. Thank you for the kind comment, hope you are having a great weekend.

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  6. Penseur Says:

    hi master,

    Nuclear news here! (as always) you’re killing the place…

    NOW, we have: HQ files + mirrors sharing (very important) and the blog!
    BTG: the Nirvana of music place… ^^

    Always true, always new, that’s “Burning The Ground”!
    Never ending respect!

    “BTG”, what else?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Penseur!

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  7. Rolls B. Goode Says:

    What else can be said except “Yes” and “Thank You!”

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Rolls B. Goode you’re welcome 🙂

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  8. George E. Says:

    Hi, Paul
    I’ve been visiting your blog quite often, although I confess I’m not a keen commender. My absolute happiness was to listen to the Grace Jones 12” posts and realise the remarkable job you’ve done to make them sound a lot more than decent. I know the bad quality sound of her disco 12”s, since I own all of them, but I never managed to make them sound this good! Bravo! On your old blog you had posted “Muse” with the 12” and 7” versions of “on your knees” and “don’t mess with the messer” as “hidden” tracks. You must know that Gold Legion (known for unreliability on its release dates) is releasing “Muse” on CD, but without bonus tracks. I wonder if you could rip those 12” and 7” versions and make them sound like they should. If there’s someone out there who can make this work, it’s definitely you. Thank you for the hundreds of hours you’ve spent on treating music like a professional should and the love you put in it.

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  9. manny c Says:

    Hi, I seldom comment on your blog but I think I suggested you post hi res file sometime in the past. And wow you did it now, thank you and more power.
    p.s.
    Some of your rips sound dull (or it’s just my ears maybe?)
    Hope these hi res will sound much better

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    mjb Reply:

    I’ve noticed the “dullness” sometimes, too, and did some cursory analysis to figure out why it might be happening, but didn’t come up with much. Consistent dullness or brightness is generally an issue with the EQ/frequency response from about 12 kHz to the upper limit of hearing (which tends to be under 20 kHz), although an abundance of bass can make an otherwise bright recording sound dull.

    If you graph the frequency response of Paul’s rips, they’re usually quite “linear”, free of any suspicious bumps or rolling off—which is testament to the quality of his gear and ripping process. The line has a natural “tilt” to it, since higher frequencies have less energy, and it’s normal for its characteristics to vary depending on the gear, but the slope doesn’t look particularly steep. All I can say with certainty is that in vinyl ripping, there are a number of possible points where the EQ can be adversely affected, but often, the explanation is that some records are actually just mastered that way.

    I highly doubt the higher-res format would objectively make a difference in the content of the files, especially given Paul’s method. If both versions had been recorded separately, differences would be introduced at the time of recording. But both versions are being converted from a single, higher-res source recording. Unless something’s going terribly wrong with that process, the audible frequency band in each version (0-20 kHz) should be identical, at least down to the 16-bit noise floor (-90 dBFS or so, which is barely audible on CDs, even with the volume cranked). But if your system doesn’t accurately play both formats, you could very well end up hearing differences produced on your end, and naturally you might prefer one version over the other. On different hardware, you might feel there is no difference, or that the other one is preferable…

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you for your comment Mjb I really appreciate the positive feedback I agree with you that not all vinyl records sound the same some are very loud and vibrant and some are dull. I do not add any extra EQ filters or anything what you hear is straight from the original vinyl all I do is edit it and clean it up. I am switching my resampling/downsampling method from Audition to iZotope I have heard it does a much better job so we will see,

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    mjb Reply:

    You should check out the SRC (sample rate converter) comparisons site (click). It shows measured performance of SRCs as they convert from 96 kHz to 44.1 kHz. The ‘Sweep’ graph (default) is the most important; it should be a nice bright, simple curve that stops at or very near the top, with no “bounce” back down or “echoes” anywhere else. The one in the Audition ‘Pre/Post Filter’ images is perfect. The “iZotope 64 bit SRC Steep, No Alias” one is, too. If you use the buttons to step through the other examples, you’ll see all kinds of crazy aliasing…it’s astonishing how many converters don’t filter properly. But also note the dB scale; deep red, purple and blue are almost certainly inaudible. Bright red, orange, yellow, white are the noise levels of concern.

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