Big Ear wrote:Anyone got the experience/tecnical insight :headbang:
This is my reply to you -- personally:
You heard a/the difference, you noticed it, you know what you liked best - Just GO with it and listen to no-one, if it sounds good to you, it's what counts at this stage. Within reason, i.e; 'we' must like it too (your audience)... to some extend of course. Chances are, you are on the RIGHT path.
Reading too much of what people think/say, has never been the way to go, in any field. You just witnessed it. You are the BOSS.
Forget the silly numbers, 50 Bit... 100KHz... in/out - AD/DA bla bla bla... Who cares? If it sounds good it's what matters. There are many people out there obsessed with numbers, specs and figures, maybe they missed their vocations and should have become scientists. People who sell products or make reviews, are NOT the one you should listen. Why? Because they don't mix or they don't produce, to a level where they can compete with big shots. Their job is to review stuff and get payed for it... Not to MIX or Produce either. I have read reviews occasionally, yes, but to find out about features, NOT how it sounds.
As a side not, I am going to sound 'cruel' but honest, I heard mixes done by reviewers, by curiosity... I said to my self: God, and these guys tell the world what is 'good or bad'. Well, there you go, this was my reaction. And who am I BTW? It doesn't matter, wether I am famous or not, rich or broke, my post are uniquely aimed for the people out there, who are on the same wavelength. For the rest, who find me 'rude', well sorry, I probably feel the same about you - so we are quit.
By big shots, I don't mean Bob Katz or who else, I am talking about people you don't hear about (by name) but you hear what they do, and you like it, although you don't know who they are. These guys don't listen to no-one, they do what feels/sounds good and/or right to them, they simply have a gift and use their intuition. I am sure that you are one of them.
I use DSP exclusively out of necessity and convenience, at the moment. Do I prefer it over Analog? No way, and certainly not in a near future.
Do we need both? These days, sure, no doubt. But things have changed, big time, including the music industry itself. TODAY, it doesn't mater how it sounds, it has to be loud. On the other hand, only few people understand that even though, with wider dynamic range AND frequency response, 'we' are trying to get the fuller and more authentic sound that was produced and printed on media with a much narrow response, both in dynamics, as well as frequency response - ironic isn't it?!
There are many kind of people:
1) the kind who want you to buy things they own, or do what they do because they think it's best... they own it, it's the best they THINK...
2) the kind of people who tell you what is THE option, regardless of what they own, and wether whey benefit from it or not, they KNOW so.
3) many variants...
I'll give you a little example on this; I don't have a Mini Moog here, but I know what it sounds like I have had many Analog synths...
I have heard all DSP emulations of Moog, ARP etc... I gave/give up.
To me, BIG sound is BIG cabinet, BIG and heavy hardware...
Small sound is tiny, coming from bookshelves speakers, out of DSP, very light weight, basically, coming from a chip, the size of a match head.
It's incredible when you compare the two together, there is A relation with physical size, weight, and sound quality.
Simply put, for some obvious reason, big desk, big processors, big rooms, produce big sounding recordings.
On the other side you have got iPod... pretty small in all aspect.
To summarize, as I sometimes get misunderstood, this is my reply to you, and I am not interested to discuss this issue with anyone else.
You are on the right path my friend ;) Use your ears, not the specs, numbers, reviews, or listen to laughters at back (when applicable)...
On a side note, there are BIG record companies/labels who appoint someone for all their mixes, this someone make a name for him/herself,
but in theory, that someone was just lucky to get there - God knows how or why, and we are were we are today, people listen to the advice of those lucky people who got the job, yet, the listeners never 'get there', they get misled or confused instead. Then, wannabe mixers/engineers go and buy boxes because x or y is using it... The 'appointed' shall have a fruitful life and will be the 'voice' for the industry. That is it basically.
This is nothing new, there is A REAL story by TOM Moulton, if you haven't hear of him do a search, there was an issue with a 'portorican' sweeper working in the studio, where they cut records, he knew how to operate the tools better than anyone, although he was THE sweeper - they called him, until one night Moulton wanted to experiment... and then, came out the 12 inches... Google it, it will make you understand a lot about the music industry. Basically, no-one heard of this sweeper.