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Old 19th May 2018
Lives for gear
Plugins can come close but theres a difference, sound wise analog is better. I always track through outboard compression now because of this. I think you can pull off mixing 100% digital though. To me, an ideal modern scenario is: track through your mics, outboard preamps, outboard comps, maybe outboard eq (if necessary) into you computer via a high quality a/d converter. Now your music is digital with all the analog flavor you need. Then you can mix 100% digital (and it will still sound great), or go hybrid using analog / digital to finish the mix.