Originally Posted by synthguy
... But KORG keeps using them because people want them to. Just a fact of life and all.
With much respect....I have to disagree with you here. There was not a huge public outcry for 'tubes' that caused Korg to put them in....quite the opposite...it was Mar-Ket-Ing.
They jumped all over the 'it's got a tube so it must be Vintage=warmer=fatter=better' perception that ran rampant on the Internet and people fell for it.
They basically TOLD you you needed them by putting them in, and so you think you do. Now you have come to accept and even expect it.
It's not just Korg that does this, and it's not just with tube stuff. Heck, head over to the Apogee website and listen to the demo files for the Duet2.
Now...for the record, Apogee makes some great sounding stuff and they have for years and years...but the demos they posted are hilarious if you look at it from a critical marketing viewpoint. So here is the chain (with approximate price points) for one of the piano demos: Acoustically balanced room (I assume part of Bob Clearmountain's studio so it will likely be outstanding) housing a Bosendorfer 9 foot grand (100,000 USD+) being played by top player -> AKG C24 (10,000 USD+ depending on condition) -> Duet2 (600 USD) ->computer, being engineered by Bob Clearmountain.
That's a 111,000+ dollar chain coupled with Bob Clearmountain's experience folks.
OF COURSE it sounds un-farking-believable! Why wouldn't it?
In reality, the audio interface (be it Apogee or whoever) in THAT scenario makes the LEAST amount of impact on the overall sound.
And although it is unrealistic to think you are going to get comparable results in your living room...that is exactly the crowd the Duet2 is MARKETED to.
Just for the record and since you sort of implied something contrary ...my own outboard chain for synths is quite modest: Synth -> Radial JDI -> Focusrite ISA One Digital (purchased for 350 USD on closeout) -> Digital out / in to a Focusrite Saffire Pro 24. Less than 1k, and great bang for the buck IMO.
I also do own and have tried in the past to use an ART Tube MP....but it does not impart any 'warmth'...unless by warmth you mean noise.