Originally Posted by SWAN808
Ah. Personally Im not convinced its just distortions and saturations from components like transformers creating the differences in analogue and digital compressors.
And even when modelled - personally I dont like the tone of the modelled 'DNA' which is why I sold VCC and VTM - and generally why Ive preferred my compressor over VBC in my shoot-outs. If we look at the analyser plots of many recent plugin models - they show harmonic distortions - so technically - they are producing 'mojo' processed ITB.
Im not sure Ive seen anyone suggesting mojo cant be made in digital - but I suspect anyone saying that may have been stating a personal dislike of the simulated mojo available in plugins now...or perhaps even referring to something they hear but cannot technically explain.
Being able to technically explain something doesnt mean you cannot discuss it or hear it.
Valid points, SWAN, but if it's not distortion/saturation, then what is it? Whatever mojo is, it has to be caused by physical means, right? The only other possibilities are that it doesn't exist or that it is literally magical.
Everyone's different, but when I'm confronted with something that must be either illusion or genuine magic, I assume it's an illusion.
Of course, the more likely situation is that whatever this mojo thing is, it is caused by actual, quantifiable physical processes. And if these physical processes can be measured in say, the API 2500 but not the dbx 166, then suddenly we know what they are
. And if we know what they are, then we can create them in DSP.
I know you and many others are more concerned with what is actual than what is possible, and I can't speak to the actual (I'm not a DSP engineer, nor have I spoken with plugin designers), but the underlying current in every single post in this thread is whether analog sounds different than digital because
of the nature of analog vs the nature of digital. I'm asking you to consider with clear mind the previous three paragraphs in the context of the analog vs digital thing. Whatever mojo is, it's not an analog thing, it's a process thing. And processes are exactly what DSP can do really well
. Maybe plugin makers have yet to figure out the specific processes that make you smile, but that isn't digital's fault. On the contrary, maybe you should become a DSP designer and show us all how it should be done.