I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I recently bought a new turntable because I thought the old days sounded better. But I have to say, the albums don't sound better, they actually sounds pretty weak. But the music is more appealing and holds a lot of memories for me. So its really the memory that I miss.
I often wonder how so many people on these forums actually think plug-ins sound as good as hardware. To me, plug-ins sound flat and dead compared to a comparable analog gear. But they work really good with music with little transients left.
And then it came to me. If we were all recording "acoustic music, with " REAL" musicians there would be a hell of a lot more people thinking less of plug-ins. But we are also in hard times and the era of computer music so we use it and think its good enough.
So, without going on, electronic music sounds excellent when its in its own crowd but when you start mixing both real music with electronic beats , it starts to get weird to my ears. Thus, why I am using hybrid methods to "glue it per-say".
Finally, 4 generations have passed since I first started recording. That makes me over 50 years old now. The world doesn't have a lot of 50 years olds the are "in tune" with this all. Most engineers my age have never even used a sampler or MIDI for gawd sakes! So when we talk about Pop music, a lot of people are clueless whats really going on. Engineers are still trying to make acoustic drums sound electronis.
There are some serious gaps between the business and in these forums around the world.
So when we read these forums for opinions, keep in mind that the shift has been towards electronic music and DAW overkill for about 20 years now. If you are confused over what gear to use, remember who is telling you what.... Whats good for one really sucks for another. Its the manufacturers that are really taking a hit. Nothing makes sense.
Bottom line in this little rant, I think today's music sounds better than it ever has. The beat rip offs are what is getting boring. It all sounds like its been through a masher more than once. Recycled music is something my generation would never be proud of. But I do appreciate how this generation is becoming creative mixing it all up.
I think its time to get real again.