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The sound of 'analog' is simply what people have become used to; what they heard first in their formative years will colour their perceptual interpretation later on....
100% agree. I'm 46 years old. I grew up on analogue, gradually moved to digital, recently brought analogue tape and desk back into my set-up.
I'm going off-topic a bit here, but analogue recording sounds different but not better. How can it sound better? It is more fun maybe, because of nostalgia and having to work with its limitations (fewer tracks, bouncing, running out of tape, cleaning the heads) and limitations tend to bring out the best in artistic endeavour. But "sounding better" just because you are recording to tape? Nah.
However, the musicians are rarely as good these days.
100% agree again, but I don't think it has much to do with analogue vs. digital recording. Kids seem less willing or able to devote the time to practicing an instrument than they did when I was their age. There are too may other ways to occupy their time: the internet and video games being the two biggest time sinks. Also, the age of superstardom for musicians is coming to an end, so maybe they aren't drawn to by the awe and glory like we might have been, or are more attracted by the DJ route. Less live venues doesn't help for those kids who do make it as far as performing. But that's a different discussion.