Have you ever heard people say that the best DJs only use vinyl? In this article, we are going to look at the various pros and cons of digital music and vinyl music, so that you can have a better understanding regarding these two music formats.
The sound quality is what many vinyl lovers are most often obsessed about since vinyl sounds warmer and richer than digital music, hands down. Well, they may be technically correct here. Digital music signals are just approximations of an analog signal; wave signals are a series of small steps as opposed to a true curve of an analog signal. Can you differentiate between these two? Next time you go to a club, and you can’t see the DJ booth, try and notice the quality of the sound.
There is, of course, one aspect where digital recordings and CDs are better than vinyl, and it’s regarding dust, scratches, wear and tear, etc. A new piece of vinyl may sound warmer and cooler, but its quality deteriorates over time. Digital recordings, however, still sound as good as the day you bought or downloaded it.
How about portability?
Obviously, there can be no contest here. It is a whole lot easier to carry a case of CDs or any digital recording around as compared to a few crates of vinyl.
A pair of a mixer and Technics 1210s is a seriously cumbersome kit – both bulky and weighty. Compare that with a pair of Pioneer CDJ 850 and a DJM-850 mixer. You’ll agree the digital music setup will be the winner here.
A few decades back was a time where vinyl would win out. It was a real struggle to find music in digital formats. However, that has all changed. Most of the music labels have entirely shifted towards digital downloads, CDs, DVDs, etc. In fact, the development of online digital music stores has swung things firmly in favor of the digital music. Anyone can now find and download a track they’ve heard in a club in any format, burn that track to DVD or CD, and it’s done. No more searching various record shops vainly for that elusive track.
There you have it, digital music vs. vinyl! By reading this article, I hope you now have a better grip on the pros and cons of both digital and vinyl music.