I would assume from this statement that Chris Hatfield / Engineer, is a die hard analog fan not interested in using digital in any form at any time. Because IMO digital is absolutely a step back in quality, not an improvement. My feeling is that much of the work that was done for Elvis at RCA in Nashville by the late great Chet Atkins and a large part of the body of work done by Brian Wilson is sonically superior to much of the stuff that is coming off of SSL’s today. I had clients who used to come to my studio to work on my vintage MCI 600 console because they said they hated the sound of the SSL compressors and eq’s. To each his own, I say but when someone says the Beach Boys records were sonically deficient, I am compelled to reply. To say that you would laugh at anyone who brought you any kind of work would seem to be a bit arrogant. I am sure that wasn’t Chris’ intention, we’ve all said things that came out sounding different than what we meant. But that being said, I have always been grateful that anyone would bring me anything to work on. Kurtif I had 800,000 and my choice was a solid state design Neve or SSL or some old school vintage tube console I would take the solid state any day. I thought we were trying to perfect the art of good sound not go back in time let's face it the days of The Beach Boys and Elvis are over,
and sonically that stuff sounded like crap ……… I would laugh at someone who brought me something that sounded like that.