Anyway. As I was baby sitting an emergency sump pump(listening to it with one ear making sure it was still functioning) while in my control room editing a pile of songs. I was thinking about the "trying to keep all the faders as close to 0 as possible. I use Logic (just changed over) the input meters are odd. I am recording at record low volumes for me(pun intended). As far as I can tell everything is at +4 db. Even with hot output pre's like 512c's I need to really lay into it to get around -10db. For most sources I don't nearly push the pre that hard. I had a song up where my meters were all in the bottom quarter of the channel meter and the output was clipping. Now I can lower the output or lower the channels. I decided to experiment because I do keep my channel levels up when routing out of my convertors into analog gear. I lowered my channels ridiculously low. I turned up my monitor to volume full. I couldn't hear a real difference or deterioration of the sound as I lowered the levels. I hear no ZZZZZZZ. Not that I don't want to. I mean I am 100% analog on some projects and I want to be able to go to my customers and show them the ZZZZZZZZ that my studio doesn't have.LOL I really want to be an analog snob. If I do a fade in on any track or a mix where I have my monitor volume on full and slowly fade in should I hear a ZZZZZZ in the lows? Should it get better sounding as I raise the channel volume and decrease the monitor volume? These are actual questions and not meant to be rhetorical or sarcastic.
Okay enough beating that to death. I TOTALLY get not enjoying the sound of plugin's. The clinical reaction times of compressors, the sibilance that can't be dessed, eq'd out or smoothened with any digital "rolling pin" totally sticks out to me.
The biggest benefit I get from analog gear compared to digital is air movement. I remember when I was about 12 and was at the arcade where the music was brutally loud. I noticed that when this Def leppard song came on that it had a huge sounding kick but the air didn't move when it played. The shock Waves produced by digital recordings don't seem to produce the same amount of air movement or shock wave that analog does. At least not to my senses.
So there it is, some of us hear zzzzzzz others don't feel their rock-star hair getting blown back from the digital frequencies. Most people look at me like I have 14 heads when I mention the air movement thing. So now I am wondering if you are hearing ZZZZZ are you noticing the lack of air movement?