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Old 23-02-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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Analog vs. Digital

Which can be conceived as being "better" for electronic music?

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Old 23-02-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
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Re: Analog v.s Digital

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Which can be conceived as being "better" for electronic music?
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i pick analogue though because blue is my favourite colour

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Old 23-02-2012, 05:41 PM   #3
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Re: Analog v.s Digital

In what context?
MP3's certainly shook everything up a bit.
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Old 23-02-2012, 07:20 PM   #4
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

Analog waveforms are smooth... Stepping does not appeal to me.

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Old 23-02-2012, 07:55 PM   #5
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

how do you mean regarding what?



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@FMB - pick your favorite quote and stick with it, stop sitting on the fence with the two....

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Old 23-02-2012, 08:15 PM   #6
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

digital analogue hybrids.




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Old 23-02-2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

Both

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Old 23-02-2012, 08:45 PM   #8
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

Digital cause it's cheaper and getting pretty damn good.

Digital is also more precise and less of a pain in the ass to work with...at least with the way I work.

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Old 23-02-2012, 09:11 PM   #9
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

Personally to actually answer your question.


I use both. Digital is great for a technical perspective but that lacks the relationship between you and the synth.

More and more I am seeing people pay less attention to the mistake's that turn out to be a great sound on analog gear and loose the relationship with that piece of hardware for programing a synth exactly how it is supposed ot be in order to get a sound.


What happened to the days of dicking around with modular gear while your DAW records for hours on end just to pick up an amazing unheard 30second sample?


Today all I see is. Change this knob to 30% that one to 12. Put it through this filter. Rather than, Changing aspects of the sound as you feel the music and what you get from the hardware your working with

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Old 23-02-2012, 09:23 PM   #10
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

This is a trick question, my reason is below:

Analogue, because "Digital" is not electronic, it is maths. With Digital, electricity is merely fuel for a computer to do computations, whereas "Analogue" is truly electronic, thus it is the only viable option for creating "electronic" music.

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Old 23-02-2012, 10:58 PM   #11
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Analogue waveform vs digital waveform

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Old 23-02-2012, 11:31 PM   #12
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

MIDI is better than both

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Old 24-02-2012, 12:40 AM   #13
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MIDI is better than both
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Old 24-02-2012, 01:21 AM   #14
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

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MIDI is better than both
Yeah, MIDI sounds WAY better. Plus the files are small so it saves space.

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Old 24-02-2012, 11:25 AM   #15
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

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It's a myth. Look - I've saved that picture and zoomed in on the analogue waveform and guess what: It's not smooth!

Noobs. //Troll mode off.

To the OP - it really doesn't matter what you use, so long as you use it well.
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Old 24-02-2012, 12:15 PM   #17
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Old 24-02-2012, 12:19 PM   #18
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It's a myth. Look - I've saved that picture and zoomed in on the analogue waveform and guess what: It's not smooth!
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Old 24-02-2012, 01:16 PM   #19
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Re: Analog vs. Digital

Analog or digital has nothing to do with the amount of knobs you have. A VA is digital too, but can be expensive and have lots of knobs too.

The main difference is that analog is slightly less precise/predictable. So envelopes/osc tunings/filters differ for each note. In the digital realm they don't differ by default but you can often modulate it.

New analog synths are getting more precise now and have less of those differences, and digital ones (software or VA) are getting better at emulating these variations, so the difference will be narrower. There are some other differences, like aliasing which is not happening on an analog signal path

Show me an example sound you like, and I'll try my best to make it in something like sylenth1 and on an analog poly synth, then you can hear for yourself what the difference is.

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Re: Analog vs. Digital

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Ok, so go with a higher sampling rate and bit depth and get a more accurate representation of your analog wave you want o so badly.

Most people can't tell the difference between digi and analog recordings these days. Digital has come a long way.

I vote digital because it can sound just as good and is WAY cheaper to work with.

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