The Return of the Analog Recording Studio

Software plug-ins & DAWs have taken over most music studios. However, analog is making a comeback. Now more than ever, musicians & producers are turning to hardware. But why? GW Childs investigates.  

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Sound Designer, Musician, Author... G.W. Childs has worn many hats. Beginning in the U.S. Army back in 1991, at the age of 18, G.W. began learning electronics, communications and then ultimately audio and video editing from the Department of Defense. Upon leaving the military G.W. went on to work for many exciting companies like Lu... Read More


Peter Schwartz
FWIW, the "why" never went away; the focus simply shifted. What they don't tell you in the DAW manuals is that by trying to do everything yourself, you're missing ALL the benefits of having "division of labor" in the recording process, as you outlined so well in your article. And of course, the room, and the real-deal EQ's and compressors, and so on. Suggestion: don't go for the "rental reel". Buy a virgin reel of tape (at $250, that's cheap compared to what it a reel of 2" used to cost); your engineer will be happier as it will give him/her more flexibility to shape your sound. And then its yours to re-use if you want.

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