What is analog warmth? Is it distortion? Bass boosting? Decreased high frequencies?
What is cold? Sterile? Thin?
I often hear the term "warm" used over and over to describe these things but I personally disagree. Not that these things don't sound good in the right context, but I think a pure digital sine wave sounds warm. Which brings me to my next question.
Are cold and sterile the same thing?
As a I said I think pure sine waves sound warm, but also sterile.
It's difficult for me to define what warm is I think because unlike most producers I prefer analog equipment NOT because it has subtle imperfections (although in the right situations they can be nice), but because they're lossless. No digital compression, but analog has a host of other problems, that it seems some people prefer. In my personal opinion I think the ideal situation would be absolutely lossless, characterless recording. No digital compression, no tube-distortion, no vinyl noise, nothing. Just crystal clear sound that can be molded with these imperfections as desired. I don't want tube-warmth unless I want tube-warmth if that makes sense.
So why do people prefer theses things?