Analog or Digital Recording Equipment?

The debate over using analog tape, warm tube compressors and enhancers vs. precise, high-performance digital recording equipment will likely continue to be a hot topic. I submit that nothing can perfectly reproduce the exact character and noise generated by analog recording equipment. Though many would claim beforehand they can easily tell the difference between a digital recording and an analog recording, a double-blind side by side comparison of tracks mixed by professionals from each camp (digital – vs – analog) has yielded virtually indistinguishable results.

But the rest of the story is that modern digital recording has come so far that it is now possible to make warm, analog-sounding recordings using high-quality Digital Audio workstations and nothing but “inboard” gear.

Gone are the days of the “Sterile and cold” sounding digital recordings. We’ve learned to add in the tape-saturation and transformer thickening that was missing before. There is a growing list of top producers, engineers, and Continue reading