According to the Korea Times, we’re about to witness the death of the mp3, and the birth of the new mt9 format. What makes mt9s so much better than mp3s?
Korean computer engineers are introducing a new digital music format
that has separate controls on the sound volume for each musical
instrument, such as guitar, drum, base and voice — an ideal tool for
music lovers of different tastes as well as karaoke fans.
Now that is interesting! Normally, when I want to listen to just one instrument or channel, I mentally tune the others out. I’m not sure if this is something everyone can do though. Anyhow, according to the article:
The distinctive feature of MT9 format is that it has a six-channel
audio equalizer, with each channel dedicated to voice, chorus, piano,
guitar, base and drum. For example, if a user turns off the voice
channel, it becomes a karaoke player. Or one can turn off all the
instruments and concentrate on the voice of the main singer as if he or
she is singing a cappella.
So it looks as if I might have to start converting my collection soon! The new format is already picking up interest from Samsung and LG for inclusion on their phones and digital players. If you want to know how it all sounds, then Audizen is currently selling albums in mt9 format for between 2,000 and 3,000 won (roughly R15 to R22, or between US$2 and US$3).
[Link: Korea Times]