Recent audio news includes an MCU-based symphony, behind the scenes at the home of some of the industry's most expensive microphones, R.I.P. pre-installed car cassette decks, and audiophile confusion over lossless audio.
Here are a few audio-related news items that recently caught my eye:
Microcontroller symphony: 1-Bit Symphony is a microcontroller-based electronic composition on a chip - an Atmel Tiny85 AVR to be exact - that's purchased as a complete circuit (including battery, power switch, headphone jack and volume control) housed within a jewel case. Turn on the switch and the programmed five movements of music are "performed" in real time (hear music excerpts). (The source code is included with the liner notes.)
No more car cassette decks: To my surprise, you could buy a new car factory equipped with one of these vestiges of 1970's automotive audio as recently as last year. Sadly, for audio nostalgics, the last car to be available with an in-dashboard cassette deck - a 2010 Lexus - has now rolled off the assembly line.
Extreme microphones: Here's a look inside a company that makes high-end condenser microphones for studio, stage and field sound pickup, and audio instrumentation. If you're looking for some of the most expensive mics in the industry, look no further.
Lossless vs. compressed audio: Yet another incomprehensible article from a certain CNET high-end audio blogger who seems intent on proving that "audiophile = illogical." The author appears to be trying to make one point (lossless files can't undo dynamic range compression) but then - apparently not content with that obvious, but true, observation - goes on to conclude that "lossless [files] sound perfectly fine, just not on par with a CD, when played on a high-end audio system."
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