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Analog vs Digital...the last word Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 14th September 2011
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Analog vs Digital...the last word

...not from me obviously, but from a certain Bob Moog:


"It's called 'analog' because the way the electricity vibrates in the circuit is analogous to the way sound vibrates in an acoustic instrument. You get a smooth waveform that's more natural and more of what our ears expect than what you get out of digital circuitry."


He goes on to say you can't simulate this 'vibration' because our ears will always be able to tell the difference on some fundamental level (regardless of what measuring equipment might say).

This is why our ears are so special, why we even have a subjective love for music.

The full article is here:


A Conversation with Bob Moog: Analog vs. Digital Sound Generation | Moog Music Inc
Old 14th September 2011
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nothing like a sales pitch, huh?
Old 14th September 2011
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Even if hes wrong, hes right. Hes Bob ****ing Moog.
Old 14th September 2011
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The ear converts the sound afterwards to the frequency domain and that it sends that info to the brain.

Furthermore, digital will get converted (and filtered) to analogue, so in the end it will be the same shit.
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digital will get converted (and filtered) to analogue, so in the end it will be the same shit.
Are you sure about this?
Old 14th September 2011
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Well... what exactly does the DAC do? It needs to convert back to analogue for you to hear it, so the voltage will wiggle the woofer and twitters.
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Yeah, sound from a digital source run through a digital->analogue converter isn't really analogue at all. Your speakers know the difference and aren't vibrating when you run digital sound through it, they're jumping in tiny little steps directly from one position to the other whilst sticking their middle finger up at physics. Believe the hype and get adjusting that 2" tape deck of yours.
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it's the same **** to a dip****.
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Even if hes wrong, hes right. Hes Bob ****ing Moog.
pppfffttt man can't even make a synth that stays in tune. heh


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nothing like a sales pitch, huh?
first thing i thought after reading the quote.


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Well... what exactly does the DAC do? It needs to convert back to analogue for you to hear it, so the voltage will wiggle the woofer and twitters.
speaks truth. Its all analogue by the time its coming out of speakers.
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But I mean it's all bad because although it's analogue, it wiggles, which is in the same ballpark as wobbles, and almost nobody likes wobbles anymore so in the end, analogue is bad, but at the same time it's organic and good and warm and...

I think I just divided by zero or something.
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I don't know about you guys but I only hear 1's and 0's..
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the digital air conditioning in my cars keeps me nice and chilled with a series of 1's and 0's being constantly shot out of the vents
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You gotta know who to listen to and who not to...

For example:

There's the Herbie Hancock that plays his ass off on albums.

Then there's the Herbie Hancock who hawks Bose Wave radios.

Guess which Herbie I completely ignore and pay no attention to...


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nothing like a sales pitch, huh?
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first thing i thought after reading the quote.


Yeah, right...he was actually promoting the Bob-blessed Moog Modular VST from Arturia.

Read the article, maybe you will get a better idea what his feelings are. The interviewer thought Bob Moog's comments were a dichotomy, considering the Arturia product.

I just consider it the genuine thoughts of an experienced man unpertubed by modern marketing rules of engagement.


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I just consider it the genuine thoughts of an experienced man unpertubed by modern marketing rules of engagement.

that sure is a nice thought. heh
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Yeah, sound from a digital source run through a digital->analogue converter isn't really analogue at all. Your speakers know the difference and aren't vibrating when you run digital sound through it, they're jumping in tiny little steps directly from one position to the other whilst sticking their middle finger up at physics. Believe the hype and get adjusting that 2" tape deck of yours.
haha
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speaks truth. Its all analogue by the time its coming out of speakers.
Along the chain the sound has been converted from a 'natural' format (electricity/electro magnetism/sound waves) to a wholly artificial format where everything is broken down to discreet points, then put together again by connecting the dots.

~ versus .l.l
Old 15th September 2011
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analog has character - you twist the knobs and it's like 'eeeaorahhhh!"

my mono/poly, mopho, evolver...these instruments are hot and sound alive, they can be made to breathe and moan...there is no substitute for natural analog resonance and feedback!
Old 15th September 2011
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Aliasing, and amp warmth. This is what digital sucks at.
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After the laws of thermodynamic energy dont gets lost, just transformed from one state to the other.. therfore in a 100% analog musical production and reproduction process you actually have a little of the original energetic emission on your record. So on a Caruso shellack there is still some of the original energy emission of Caruso himself present even after more than 100 years.. Maybe the reason why some people love the technical quite bad sound of the old gramophons so much?

As soon you do one AD conversion you are leaving the physical domain and turning energy into information.. that information gets transformed to energy again in the DA converter.. its an analoge energetic event again.. true.. but just a simulation of the source event. No original energy present, a clone. And a rather unperfect one ..roughly sliced.

The last word on digital versus analoge is actually..

you cant make a filet steak from meatloaf anymore heh
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As soon you do one AD conversion you are leaving the physical domain and turning energy into information.. that information gets transformed to energy again in the DA converter.. its an analoge energetic event again.. true.. but just a simulation of the source event. No original energy present, a clone. And a rather unperfect one ..roughly sliced.



you cant make a filet steak from meatloaf anymore heh
thats like saying water that is boiled into a gas state and then condensed reforming back into liquid is not "true water" because of the physical change it has gone through. I respectfully disagree kind sir! heh
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thats like saying water that is boiled into a gas state and then condensed reforming back into liquid is not "true water" because of the physical change it has gone through. I respectfully disagree kind sir! heh
bull... its the same watermolekules of cause its the same water...

but when you would digitize ( = count and analyze ) the water molekules and than rebuild them with your matter printer or molekule resyntheziser,
it would´nt be the same water anymore. Just a copy of the original water, synthetic water ..or cloned water :-)
And it wouldnt be probably very healthy to drink.. like destilled water its probably missing some important minerals or so...

Digitizing something is actually not just another physical state.. its transforming physical events into plain information.. a plan how to rebuild something in the physical world. You can write it down on paper but you cant touch, hear, see or measure it anymore. Call it another dimension if you want but one that is officially not part of our physical cosmos.
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Yawn.... Most end-listeners dont really care how you got there
Old 15th September 2011
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that's great if your music appeals to most people... most people prefer the taste of ****.

just fighting cliche with cliche...
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thats like saying water that is boiled into a gas state and then condensed reforming back into liquid is not "true water" because of the physical change it has gone through. I respectfully disagree kind sir! heh
Like 3phase said, very poor analogy. water exists naturally in both states. man created the digital domain which is merely an attempt to recreate nature via computers.
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Yawn.... Most end-listeners dont really care how you got there
so there's no difference between taking a road trip in a $60 billion dollar ferrari limousine vs sitting in a hay cart behind a horse, because the folks you are visiting don't care how you got there?

I dont care about this argument, I'm just an analogy aficionado
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After the laws of thermodynamic energy dont gets lost, just transformed from one state to the other.. therfore in a 100% analog musical production and reproduction process you actually have a little of the original energetic emission on your record. So on a Caruso shellack there is still some of the original energy emission of Caruso himself present even after more than 100 years.. Maybe the reason why some people love the technical quite bad sound of the old gramophons so much?

As soon you do one AD conversion you are leaving the physical domain and turning energy into information.. that information gets transformed to energy again in the DA converter.. its an analoge energetic event again.. true.. but just a simulation of the source event. No original energy present, a clone. And a rather unperfect one ..roughly sliced.

The last word on digital versus analoge is actually..

you cant make a filet steak from meatloaf anymore heh
The grooves in a record vinyl don't contain any "energy". So your theory doesn't work.
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Analogue vs digital - To me this is a "tired and getting old" comparison. (I noticed the article is a bit old too - January, 2005) I say just write and record a great song, (either by way of analogue or digital or both) and hopefully you'll satisfy yourself and maybe even stir up some heart-felt emotion in the people that listen to it.
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so there's no difference between taking a road trip in a $60 billion dollar ferrari limousine vs sitting in a hay cart behind a horse, because the folks you are visiting don't care how you got there?

I dont care about this argument, I'm just an analogy aficionado
i think he ment it more in the sense that he dont cares whether we use minced rat or horse filets as long it looks like a burger.
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it is possible to have "perfect reproduction" going analog->digital->analog.

digital works in discrete time (tiny steps) where analog works in continuous time.
There are problems which can be completely solved by either method, discrete or continuous.

given certain original signal, certain digitizing parameters... you can reproduce exactly the original signal with zero information loss.

This is mathematically provable, but it's not what happens in the reality of commercial audio products so it's kind of moot.

edit: I like the thought about Caruso's "original energy" preserved in the shellac.
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