Analog Vs. Digital?

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  1. ilikeshred

    ilikeshred Member

    Dec 31, 2011
    First off i'm not a pro, but i love to read about sound and inform myself by various information i can get. I really love the world of sound engineering, but i have some question since i need to know others opinion or other knowledge. I write this to know what you guys THINK about it and also to know if there is a way if i'm on the wrong path to hear it. You need too hear the whole story to understand what my questions mean so here i go:

    I listened to some pro in local the busyness ad it led me to do a lot of testing regarding the digital world and Analog world. Since top notch analog equipment cost so high, i can't really test those machine, but wanted to test it so i used my imagination. When i listen to music on a wav file i can hear the difference from an MP3 Files. I can hear it so i don't ask why should i mix and use loss-less format (either its wav or flac or whatever...) When i hear a song in a sample of 44k and the same song in 96k, for real i don't hear any difference AT ALL. At those result, for the digital world i put a fresh new vynil (i mean a new album that got out in Vynil not old one) and a CD to hear if there is any difference. *The album i put for the test was "Blackwater Park" From "Opeth"* I'm very puzzled, because a lot of Pro told me there is a HUGE difference between the Vynil and CD in quality of sound. My sound system isn't the cheap one, so i was wondering... Is it me or its just fancy little obsession over analog stuff? And also... if there is a huge difference, what kind of ****ing speaker i need to ****ing hear the difference. With the result i've had... i WANTED more information, more test. In a matters of time i found some way to sound less digital with the sound of my rhythmic guitar and lead guitar. Now thing get messed up. I record my guitar via my Axe Fx, who's supposed to be an effect processor that doesn't sound Digital at all. (as the compagny is claiming) Since i've had the chance to test out real amp and thing like that i know that the Axe Fx doesn't sound EXACTLY like the original, but still sound like a real amp to my ear. When i record my axe fx i almost set it like i set a real amp and feel it. I hear some pro complaining about this piece of hardware, how much it sound digital anyway etc. I'm feeling like my ears are lacking something.

    Is it really that obvious when the gear used for a recording is digital? (cause most of the time i can't tell)
    What exactly in the sound that make the impression for those people that it sound digital?
    Is there a way i can develop my ear to ear it more?
  2. Beat Poet

    Beat Poet Active Member

    Dec 29, 2011
    Hertfordshire, UK
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    Analogue just has this nice, warm, musical sound. Digital can sound that way though, depending on the mics/desk/outboard. Personally I don't believe one is better than the other, as long as the songs sound great. There is something kind of earthy about analog though, when you think of engineers cutting and sticking tape together and stuff.
  3. Paul999

    Paul999 Active Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Edmonton, AB. Canada
    Totally ITB mixes can sound great but there are very few that don't use REALLY good front end. They are different tools. Sometimes digital just works for a person. Trying to find some sort of universal answer on this will not happen. If you like the axe f/x thats great. Your not doing anything wrong. Personally I have an analog brain and find digital to be a good copy of a great sound for the most part.

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