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From: Ben Bell <bjb-linux-audio-user-TyrVtz9mvJ4 <at> public.gmane.org>
Subject: Re: [LAU] Alsa and 24-bit in Ubuntu Studio?
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.audio.users
Date: Friday 8th March 2013 10:02:49 UTC (over 4 years ago)
On Thu, Mar 07, 2013 at 07:28:46PM +0100, Jeremy Jongepier wrote:
> On 03/07/2013 06:45 AM, david wrote:
>> Yah, but which one sounds better - Windows or Linux? ;-)
> Linux of course if you have to believe the audiophile forums.

Well obviously. Anyone with ears can tell you that.

More importantly, does a vintage kernel sound better than a more recent
one?
I've been doing some testing and the results are pretty clear, not that
they should surprise anyone who knows anything about recording:

1) Older kernels sound much warmer than newer ones.

2) Kernels compiled by hand on the machine they run on sound less sterile
   than upstream distro provided ones which also tend to have flabby low
   end response and bad stereo imaging.

3) As if it needed saying, gcc4 is a disaster for sound quality. I mean,
   seriously if you want decent audio and you use gcc4 you may as well be
   recording with a tin can microphone.

4) Kernels sound better after they've been worn in a bit. Don't expect your
   newly built 2.4 kernel to have that warm sound until you've run with it
   for a few weeks, but for a really classy sound here's a trick: compile
the
   kernel and then put it somewhere safe (ext2 partition, obviously) to
mellow
   for a month and then boot into it at the last minute before you start
   recording an important session. Your clients will thank you.

Ben
 
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