Anderton Posted December 28, 2004 Share Posted December 28, 2004 I made this a separate topic to avoid overloading the other one... I keep thinking back to those seminars we did in Mexico, where you mentioned your aversion to signal processing, but also how you liked to capture to analog tape for its qualities, then transfer to digital to preserve. I made some comment about how tape is basically a signal processor, just a mechanical one. Then I started thinking about all the advice people give for good recordings: mic placement is more important than EQ, a real reverb space trumps digital delay, use tape compression instead of dynamics processors, use room mics for delay instead of delay lines... And it hit me: All those instances are talking about mechanical signal processing! So why is that? My theory is that it doesn't involve converting the actual "air," the signal waveform. And this may be why people like the "sound" of analog as opposed to digital...there's no conversion. Ditto vinyl versus CD. Maybe the idea of converting a waveform into a representation of a waveform is inherently flawed for some reason we don't fully understand. Anyone have comments (not just Bruce)? Craig Anderton Educational site: http://www.craiganderton.org Music: http://www.youtube.com/thecraiganderton Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/craig_anderton Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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