In this article, Mikel Rouse explains his opinion on why people think analog sounds better. A pro for digital is that the frequency range is not limited. A pro for analog is that people think it sounds better because of 70 years of humans being used to the frequencies an analog turntable can produce.
A con for digital is that you loose information because the sound is just numbers that approzimate the real sonund of analog. Digital may be less desired because it does not roll off the high and low frequencies, giving the sound a percieved harshness.
Audio engineers discuss the key considerations for deciding between digital mixing console and an analog sound board. Which is the best option?
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This article concentrates on three main factors when decided if analog or digital should be utilized. Price, Flexability, and Ease of Use.
Here are some pros for each format. Dollar for dollar, digital tends to be less expensive. However, for about a $7,500 entry-level console, the analog should be less expensive. In a digital console, patching signals and making presets is much easier. In an analog setup, the whole board can be seen at once.
Here are a few cons for each format. High end analog tends to be more expensive, and the signals and presets are not as flexible. Less expensive digital gear tends to be less user friendly. However, the size of an analog board my be scary to newcomers.
This article explains the resurgence of analog use by both audio engineers and consumers. Vynal records are becoming more popular again when quality is sought, while digital continues to be the go-to format when convenience is factored in.
According to this article, one major con of the popularity of digital audio is that musicians are getting paid less than what they used to be paid. However, a pro is that this makes distribution easier.
The latest All Songs Considered intern never made a transition from a physical record collection to a digital one because she's never paid for music.
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This article shows how many people are willing to pay for the convenience of digital versus the quality of analog. As a pro, White eplains that she would be able to build a digital collection of media very quickly. As a con, she did not get really into music during the physical phase of albums and has little desire to since the convenience of digital is a higher priority.
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