I make music and sounds. I post mostly on newgrounds so people can use them in games and such. My full albums can be found on my home page below.
Joined on 3/12/09
I fall on both sides. I learnt analogue then digital. Each have merits. The digital age lowered the boundary for everyone to make music, money really was a wall that most couldn't climb. The proliferation of cheap pc's, cards and a world of quality vsts has enabled talent to shine. The biggest drawback now is the sheer dilution of the medium. There's little money to be made, any twat with a mic and fruity loops is a producer. I try my best to make sure my digital work can be played live. I also record a lot live.
If i had the money I'd buy the hardware, synthesizers are so over valued though and valve amps when compared to modern solid state amps make a weak argument to be limited to a single tone. My mustang gt 200 allows me to dial any amp, i can go in the settings and adjust things like voltage sag.
I adore tape, i love it's warmth, i love driving it. But the average joe doesn't care. They don't know about mic technique or masking a crash, side chaining the kick to bass with a gate. The ends are all that matters. Digital gets us 95% there. That 5% is for purists and audio snobs. I consider it that if I can get my digital work to transition to stage as a band, then I did it right.
Same here. I grew up on analog but by the time I was an engineer, it was all digital.
It’s a barrel of double edged swords. Digital allows music to be made by anyone. It also allows music to be made by ANYONE. Digital makes music production easier. It also makes it so easy, all you have to do is download a program, press one button and you’ve “made a tune”. Digital allows micro budget producers like us to create music. It’s also made the price of analog gear skyrocket, because the parts infrastructure has shrunk so badly. Digital allows instant distribution and visibility but also allows no one to ever have to pay for music. Artists are supposed to live on air or use time machines to get by I guess.
On the technical side, digital does a pretty good job producing music but only if the person knows what they are doing.
What’s lost when you digitize though, can not be equated with a percent. Can anyone say doing a video chat with a loved one is the same as being with them physically? Most probably would not. As I said, analog is something that can only be measured in person. I have a cloud drum plugin. It sounds great. Like really great. It never leaves me with the same positive charge as hearing my real life drum in real life.
Some people say digital sound has a dead quality to it. This is the subconscious detecting the limited resolution and artificial nature of the computer’s sound waves. Can you create great music in digital? Sure but I would bet good money, in a blind listening test, one of your songs produced/recorded/replayed on an all analog medium, would sound very difference compared to the exact same thing once digitized. There’s an emotional connection that suffers once the sound is approximated as 1s and 0s.