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5 years ago
I prefer analog equipment... because they're lossless. No digital compression
In my personal opinion I think the ideal situation would be absolutely lossless, characterless recording.
So is digital audio only compressed in the final stages of production (when you convert it into an mp3)?
I guess I assumed that analog audio was lossless because vinyl and tape have been described as infinitely uncompressed audio. Since digital data is expressed as bytes and essentially a series of switches couldn't analog equipment be theoretically made to be infinitely more hifi than digital since analog signals are expressed as voltages which can vary rather than switches which are only on or off?
For example, why is it that every va synth I've ever heard has this sound like someone is dampening it by putting a towel over the speaker or something? On the other every analog I've heard sounds both brighter AND darker at the same time.
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