Sampling Snafus: Somebody Get Them An (Audio) Doctor
The topic of sampling rates has been a dominant theme in my various audio writeups over the years. In light of that fact, I thought you might enjoy the following YouTube clip from a recent Van Halen show, which I was first made aware of via a Boing Boing RSS feed post:
Remember my time-scaling with pitch compensation post of a month ago? A similar phenomenon is occuring here, albeit without the pitch compensation. A pre-recorded synth track for Jump (which, I agree with you, is probably my least favourite entry in the band’s lengthy reportoire), captured at a 44.1 kHz sampling rate (used, among other places, with Red Book audio CDs), was played back at 48 kHz (used on DVDs, for example). As the originating blog post points out (see here for more):
Eddie tries to transpose on the fly and match the wildly f*cked up keyboards but the great thing there is the difference in pitch is non-musical - about 1.5 semitones sharp. So there’s no frets he can choose to fix the problem!
When he finds himself in a situation like this in the future, perhaps Eddie "might as well jump" ship?