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    Lately I've been noticing quite a few local bands doing 'limited releases' of their music on cassette, and I've seen a few more prominent bands do the same in the past. It's got me thinking, what's the point of this? Is it just an ironic gesture?

    I honestly can't figure why you would want to spend money to release your music on low fidelity format that is, by and large, out of use. Is this just a means of giving people a tangible form of music in the digital age?

    Your thoughts please. If anyone has a good defense for this practice I would sincerely like to hear it.
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  • #2
    hey man what the hell





    but seriously:

    1) tangible format that can be distributed cheaply
    2) retro/nostalgic factor
    3) kinda hip right now
    4) a bit out of the ordinary
    5) quite suited to limited editions

    If you wan to put out something special, but you don't want to commit to a full vinyl/CD run, it's a fun and cheap option that still yields pretty cool results

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    • #3
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      • #4
        Good defense? What is there to defend? People are still putting out vinyl, why not put out tapes too?
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        • #5
          hey man what the hell





          but seriously:

          1) tangible format that can be distributed cheaply
          2) retro/nostalgic factor
          3) kinda hip right now
          4) a bit out of the ordinary
          5) quite suited to limited editions

          If you wan to put out something special, but you don't want to commit to a full vinyl/CD run, it's a fun and cheap option that still yields pretty cool results


          Numbers 2,3, and 4 essentially are the same.

          It makes sense: the people who would buy them probably still drive a car with a tape player.
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          • #6
            Cassette culture never really died but I'd actually say there's been less of it happening than there was in the mid-2000s
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            • #7
              I drive a car with a cassette player, but I have never seen anyone listening to a cassette at home in the last ~10 years. Comparing it to vinyl doesn't really work for me as a good vinyl system has good sound quality, while a good system with cassettes is still just.. a tape deck. I'm not claiming to be an authority on the subject but I really fail to see the point beyond the tangibility factor, and the retro/irony factor. I guess what I'm saying is that I don't see the practicality of it, but then again who said music has to be practical?
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              • #8
                Its neat I guess. I suppose its just the tangible form that is the main draw, CDs are fairly pass
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                • #9
                  Lately I've been noticing quite a few local bands doing 'limited releases' of their music on cassette, and I've seen a few more prominent bands do the same in the past. It's got me thinking, what's the point of this? Is it just an ironic gesture?

                  I honestly can't figure why you would want to spend money to release your music on low fidelity format that is, by and large, out of use. Is this just a means of giving people a tangible form of music in the digital age?

                  Your thoughts please. If anyone has a good defense for this practice I would sincerely like to hear it.


                  'Low Fidelity' ???? audio tape isn't low fidelity.


                  ...anyway, what's the point? what's the point of anything? ... making something people want to buy doesn't need defending, they are cassettes not bombs. Big record companies have been so out of touch the last 10 or 15 years, they didn't have a ****************ing clue what music fans want, they kept trying to make people buy MP3's but we all know nobody wants to pay for something you can copy on your computer in seconds, they are starting to realise this and are going all out with sexy limited packaged vinyl and Cd's, local bands doing cassettes is the same thing, just on a cheaper lower level. Music is a product and digital downloads are a poor product.

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                  • #10
                    'Low Fidelity' ???? audio tape isn't low fidelity.


                    ...anyway, what's the point? what's the point of anything? ... making something people want to buy doesn't need defending, they are cassettes not bombs. Big record companies have been so out of touch the last 10 or 15 years, they didn't have a ****************ing clue what music fans want, they kept trying to make people buy MP3's but we all know nobody wants to pay for something you can copy on your computer in seconds, they are starting to realise this and are going all out with sexy limited packaged vinyl and Cd's, local bands doing cassettes is the same thing, just on a cheaper lower level. Music is a product and digital downloads are a poor product.


                    I've always thought that cassette tapes were low quality compared to CD or vinyl.
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                      • #12
                        'Low Fidelity' ???? audio tape isn't low fidelity.


                        No, audio tape isn't low fidelity, but most cassette tapes are. They move too slow compared to reel tapes, and without noise reduction (Dolby, etc.) the signal/noise ratio is too low (60dB or less), and they hiss like a leaky steam pipe. But if you want to distribute a cassette that's compatible with the broadest range of equipment then you've got to use type I cassettes without noise reduction. They were popular in the 1980's because they were easily portable, and far less expensive than CD's.

                        These days there are too many disadvantages compared to alternatives for distribution of music on physical media. CD's have much better signal to noise ratio, are more durable (no moving parts, and no physical contact between the media and the playback head), and can be duplicated much faster. In fact, we're rapidly reaching the point where it will be economical to distribute LP's on micro SD cards in high bit-rate MP3 format.

                        I think the main reason people sometimes still distribute music on cassette is the nostalgia factor, but I'd bet there are a lot of people who don't even have a deck to play them on anymore. In fact, I'll bet if someone distributed their LP on 8-track there would be people who would buy them just because of the retro coolness factor, and not because they actually had an 8-track deck they could play it on.
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                        • #13
                          I've always thought that cassette tapes were low quality compared to CD or vinyl.


                          low quality isn't the same as low fidelity though, tapes wear out and can degrade over time and the actual plastic 'cassette' can be very poor quality.... but a good recording on tape can sound better than an average vinyl pressing with good reproduction equipment. certainly nothing lo-fi about it.... I mean until fairly recently most albums were recorded onto tape in studios.

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                          • #14
                            Im not super into them, but I would like to be, I guess.

                            Theres lots of reasons for cassettes in this day and age. Aside from what is already mentioned, I say these two additions

                            1) Its part of the presentation of the music as a tangible product. Just like they bother to now include 'cover art' for mp3 albums, or cool digipak or wallet sleeves for CDs, or crazy colored vinyl with gatefold sleeves, the cassette offers just one more medium for the visual expression of a musical artist or group.
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                            its made by one of our forum members, cant remember who. i think it leans to the doom/noise/experimental side which isnt my cup of hot chocolate but i love looking at his website to see all the creative looking releases

                            2) Whether the fidelity of tape is good or bad i shant say, but we can most definitely say that it has a different sound than CD, mp3, or vinyl. This can add to the the sound of the music.
                            Its almost like the release medium is like the final seasoning that flavors up the sound in one way or another.
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                            • #15

                              In fact, we're rapidly reaching the point where it will be economical to distribute LP's on micro SD cards in high bit-rate MP3 format.



                              I have barely touched CDs in like 8 years now, if I were a recording band I'd definitively do this.
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