“96/24 — that’s my bottom line these days, absolutely.”
Steven Wilson is standing firm. The once and future guru of high-resolution recording and surround-sound mixing (he’s been behind the board to forge 5.1 wonders for everyone from Yes to Tears for Fears) feels everyone should be recording (and listening) at the 96-kilohertz/24-bit standard, and won’t stand for compromise. “There is information in those tracks that’s missing when you listen to a CD.”
I connected across the pond with Wilson, 47, to discuss his staunch 96/24 stance, the critical difference between “prog” and “progressive,” and his surround-sound mixing philosophy here: Interview: Steven Wilson on High-Res, Hand. Cannot. Erase.