In a digitally-driven world, where many studios have transitioned to completely ‘in the box’ productions, mastering studio Sage Audio is keen to hold-off and push the forefront of high-end analog mastering.
We’ve all heard the classic debates about digital vs. analog. Instead of describing a “winning” position we want to talk about the specific sonic quality attributes that analog equipment can impart on your music.
The imperfections in analog signal chains are well known for producing recordings we’ve all come to know and love. These imperfections can introduce artifacts that our ears perceive as pleasant and “warm” - a term heavily associated with analog equipment. So what is it that makes analog equipment so great? How does it produce a sound that’s so pleasing to our ears, and what are its other advantages for mastering engineers?
We will aim to answer all of these questions in this article.