BT on Vintage Hardware Synth Character and Laurie Spiegel Bell Labs Performance

Grammy-nominated musician, producer & technologist, BT, offers an interesting explanation on why music software can't replace music hardware using Laurie Spiegel video performance as inspiration.  
It's no surprise that most of us want more music hardware! Yes, plug-ins are great, but vintage analog synths have a certain something that's perhaps more elusive to define which makes it tricky to compare them to their software cousins.

In an interesting sequence of tweets on Friday 16th January 2015, Brian Transeau (better known as BT, the grammy nominated musician, producer, technologist, songwriter and music more) outlined why he feels music hardware is still so desirable from a creative perspective.

Focusing on a short video showing Laurie Spiegel improvising on the Bell Labs experimental additive Digital Synthesizer (also known as the Alice or Alles), BT explains how just having a large quantity of samples in your DAW doesn't equate to a better user experience. Instead, vintage  hardware, like the Firelight Synclavier, BT says, have 'a character inherent to them not only because of their workflow and design, but PHYSICALLY because electrons course through their circuits.'

Rounik is the Executive Editor for Ask.Audio & macProVideo. He's built a crack team of professional musicians and writers to create one of the most visited online resources for news, review, tutorials and interviews for modern musician and producer. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro Rounik has taught teachers, professional... Read More


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