It's likely there soon will come a huge revolution in the way listening to music (click on the pic to see more)
ALL bands who respects their own music and think it has a great sound, should insist that their music (in addition to streaming services) also came in best possible quality 96 kHz 24-bit and preferably in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. That sounds twice as good than the CD sound!
Printz Music can easily make really good surround sound mix of an album if you export (bounce) instrument by instrument from the same time/place with the respective plug-ins. This will provide a sound true to the sound from the CD and make it manageable to quickly create a really good surround mix! Youíll get back multitrack flac files or currently an ISO file to a Bluray or AVCHD - DVD in 96kHz 24bit (or 48-24) that can be put up for sale on your website / record label or otherwise via Bandcamp or janprintz.dk
This is only a hobby project, and this reserves the right to first select music that falls into the taste of the surroundmixer (especially progressive rock, ambient and another music with a great sound !;)
As it is now, it can rarely pay off, getting professional studios to create 5.1 mixes of the albums; Therefore, it is important to support surround sound albums by volunteers.
In case of many 5.1 jobs, there will be sought funds to get more time and/or the 5.1 mix will be offered cheaply at a 100-200 euro level.
As what came first? The chicken or the egg ... Here it has enormous significance that most people donít hear music in 5.1 because their favorite band often does not make music in that quality.
Printz Music will do something about it (and encourage others who can to do the same)
CD format from 1980 that is 37 years old. Compressed music from streaming services gives even lower quality. The advantage is that it's easy to stream and you can have a lot of his music on your mobile and is therefore so common.
If you have some music you enjoy listening to and can hear it at least on standard speakers the quality of the CD format is outdated and streamed music even worse. Therefore, vinyl had a renaissance and has itself a better sound than CD audio sampled only at 44.1 kHz 16 bit, but the problem itís crunchy and thereís scratches that are not supposed to be with the music. This is annoying listen to especially at quiet passages of the music.
By far the best quality of music is nowadays sampled at 96 kHz 24 bit and especially when it is made in quadrophonic (4.0) or 5.1 surround sound. It can now be heard multichannel flac files from a computer or on Blu-ray and some DVDís (better than Dolby Digital only at 44 kHz-16bit)
Streaming Services could easily keep up with and deliver sound much better quality if the demand for it was present. Itís a shame that not even Youtube will allow 5.1 audio, even when there already is a choice of different qualities. This will probably only change when demand is high enough from the users or very popular bands.
From here encouraged to demand better quality, including 5.1 sound and bands to give their fans the possibility to hear the music in the best quality!
Most people are used to hearing music from a mobile computer or a smaller unit (preferably without wires) and got the sound in stereo or mono. This corresponds to be at a concert and hear the music from a certain distance.
But how many donít want to get up in the middle of the stage and the orchestra playing around you?! Ė Thatís the way a reasonable 5.1 surround sound mix will sound! But how many have thought about this? Just a few, and thatís probably the most important reason that people are not really interested in listening to music in 5.1 surround sound. Would you like to sit and enjoy a good album in a music system, it requires just a surround amplifier, a pair of speakers and wires to. This also goes against of the hearing 5.1 audio. Some have, however, a smaller or larger home theater system for watching movies with front and rear speakers that easily could play music in 5.1 or 4.0. Otherwise, there has been relatively cheap headphones on the market that has 4-5 units for each ear as reasonably well can play surround sound (Also works well in combination with gaming)
I could see for myself a new export adventure with wireless speakers and a transmitter that can wirelessly send music to 4 devices (Quadrofoni) or 6 devices via wifi, for here bluetooth enough not supply data fast enough. Perhaps new apps to what's available in the market now could make it or just upgrades to existing software.
The difference is minimal for 5.1 and 4.0 (quadrophonic or 4.1 with bass to the subwoofer). They provide both audio in surround. 5.1 is designed for movies where particular speech coming from the center speaker. If one vocal or solo instrument comes only from the center speaker then it sounds too thin. But the center speaker can be well used to a little extra instruments, if there are many in the music.
Here the last few years can be seen that several bands have eyes up to release their music in surround sound mix!
Get some 5.1 speakersystems or 5.1 headphones before your neighbor !;)