I think Paterno's got it.
But read very carefully what TLA said and think about it for a moment.
Originally Posted by Riddler
"When I first used the 24-bit 3348, I immediately noticed that the top end didn't sound as choked. I love it when people bring in stuff on 24-bit Pro Tools and we go digitally into the 24-bit 3348, because it sounds awesome.'
When he first used the Sony machine, ProTools didn't exist. So if he noticed the top end not sounding choked when he first used it, it was not in comparison with ProTools.
The second sentence also does not compare the 3348 with ProTools, so there's not point at which he's saying he does it becuase it sounds better.
Both TLA and CLA do the same thing. They have assistants prep the track so that the drums come up in the same position on the console and they have a formula for how to sum tracks when there are more than 48.
They are such creatures of habit that CLA doesn't even change his compressors. If he doesn't like the sound he gets when plugging in to one, he just plugs in to another one.
After years and years of the formula working, they're not going to to change from a 3348 to ProTools for playback.