Bongiovi DPS

Analog, Digital or Both?

on June 7, 2010

Let the battle begin.  Let’s face it, we live in a very digital world.  I was working with fellow DPS Insider and engineer Ryan Copt in Avalon Recording Studio into the wee hours of morning.  I got thinking about new and old recordings.  How artists in the 60’s and 70’s went straight to tape.  It was very difficult to edit things.  Splicing tape etc.  These guys were on their game.  I can’t help but notice a warmth and simplicity in these recordings that makes me feel very much a part of the music. Even after so many years.  I guess that’s why they call it classic rock.  Great songs and amazing musicians.  I do believe tape plays an important roll in capturing these performances.  I make a lot of my own electronic music.  I am a huge fan.  I do not record to tape whatsoever.  I record right into my computer and tweak sounds right inside the box usually.  I have many tools and feel perfectly comfortable making this style of music this way.  I always add a human element though.  Whether it be voice or guitar.  Another great DPS Engineer, Joey Butera actually masters digital stuff on tape.  Very cool marriage of tones.  I have heard the argument of Analog purists and Electronica heads time and time again.  I think the marriage of all things digital and organic is really the way to go.  Tape has a sound that is so unique.  Digital is very clean and in your face.  Why not marry the two and find out what happens?   We are all audio guys and really would love to hear how people record at home or in the studio.  Feel free to comment here.

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