Mixing engineers often treasure the technology of their generation. The dichotomous polarization of analog versus digital equipment among audio production practitioners has given way to a split within the community about which technology is superior.
The stance of these individuals is often fetishistic and can be influenced by their preferred musical genre, cultural background and personal taste, as well as their generation and potential nostalgia. To ascertain listeners’ perceived differences in the analog versus digital myth, a comparative study was conducted using an analog and digital version of eight mixes. Involving five mixing participants and nineteen trained listening participants between the ages of 17 and 55, our team collected data that correlate and contrast generational differences between the analog and digital formats in practice and in perception. \Within the collected data there was a noted discernible difference between the analog and digital mixes as stated by nearly all of the listening participants. The correlating result in analog and digital preference showed analog mixes as the preferred format. However, the higher analog preference was only by a small margin, marking the generational distinction perhaps smaller than anticipated. That being said, the difference in frequency representation found between analog and digital transfers definitively showed that the digital plugin emulations and the original analog technology were not equal.
The paragraph you have just read is the abstract from a paper on research done comparing. differences in analog and digital mixing practices and perception. If you’re not asleep after that please feel free to check back for when the paper is published.