30th July 2011
Lives for gear
Or you can release all of your work in the retro-vinyl market bubble, even cassettes if you so desire.
Young kids with laptops are going to eat your practice up, because the SKILL of using these tools is far larger a portion of the equation than the extremely small differences in response between an analog comp and it's "emulation". I think a lot of people are sour on the idea of the playing field getting leveled now that access to superior tools is really opening up, and it really scares those of you who have a significant investment in the analog tools because ownership used to guarantee income. The game has changed and strata are shifting.
Have you heard the Abbey Road RS124?
I owned a top-notch attack/release modded Gates STA-LEVEL and had the pleasure of using it for 4 years on all kinds of material. With the RS124 I do not miss the STA-LEVEL one bit. I've also got a Manley Vari-Mu with the original RCA tube in it. You know what? It collects dust. API? Sold. EAR mastering EQ's? Sold.
I am not nostalgic. I am realistic.