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Old 2nd January 2011
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Okay, I'll biteā€¦. Although I agree that there are no hard and fast rules, the bottom line is whether or not the fidelity (or the sound in general) supports the emotional vibe of the song.

In my world, I can divide artists into two categories: innovators & emulators. The innovators are willing to think outside the box and do whatever it takes to make a song resonate with the listener on an emotional level. There's freedom to sonically "go for it" when working with those cats. Emulators, on the other hand, want their records to sound like whatever's hot on the charts, so the sonic parameters are well defined.

I'd like to think that in both cases, the *song* trumps sonic fidelity, but at the end of the day, sonic choices affect the way that a listener will perceive the song. I'm not saying that hi-fi is better than lo-fi or "over-the-top"--I'm saying that you do the best you can with what you've got, in order to give the song the right artistic and emotional vibe.