Since the last two years I have been moving towards more analog devices than digital plugins. In theory, Digital is finite in nature which means there is a limited set of values it can be. On the other hand, an Analog signal has a smooth, continuous and infinite nature. But does Analog and Digital have a day and night difference in sound? Well, I will say NO.
But does Analog and Digital have a day and night difference in sound? Well, I will say NO.
In digital, there is a point where the audio experience starts clipping after the maximum headroom that is available in the digital audio workstation software. In Analog, even after the available headroom it won’t sound like digital harsh clipping but a distortion in a musical way. But still, in music, everything is subjective.
In music, everything is subjective.
Why I chose analog over digital is my choice. For my workflow I believe analog works better and it is not because the digital sounded bad. Actually not at all. These days digital recording plugin architectures is able to provide sublime results in audio processing. There are many engineers who uses only plugins. So its all about the choice. Some things will work better for some but not for others and vice versa.
So those aspiring people who are coming into this field, I would say experience yourself and decide. Don’t let anybody’s comment lead you to make a decision.
Personally why I landed predominantly on Analog is because I have designed a workflow in which Analog worked better than Digital sonically. But I do have many friends who uses plenty of plugins but not real hardwares and still it sounds good. The point is that none of these choices is going to degrade your music. So, I believe music should be your first call. Bad music would not sound better in either of the domains.
Bad music would not sound better in either of the domains.
Sound engineering which I believe, is all about understanding the proper workflow and believing in your own ears. Cheers!
Article by Varun Krrishna, Apple certified Music Producer & Composer at Mondosonic Studios.