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Old 3rd July 2020
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Originally Posted by voodoo4u View Post
I think what a lot of digital cheerleaders on this thread seem to either completely ignore or at least fail to mention is that recorded digital audio by itself may out spec recording to tape in a lab. In practical application, ie a recording studio, we're often having to add processing and plugins which then adds the time element into the mix (bad pun). IMHO it's latency that creates the biggest challenge to getting the best result with digital recordings not digital recording itself. Converters, plug-ins all add latency which creates a time smear that analog (tape or outboard gear) doesn't have to contend with.

The more intensive the processing power required by a plugin, the more it drags the signal back in time. Add five or six plugins per track over 24 or 30 tracks and it really adds up. Summed, it makes a large audible difference.
As much care needs to be exerted in applying each step of DSP as is put into applying each step of analog processing if you are to achieve optimum performance. Whether it is designers of gear or users of gear it comes down to care. I shift tracks around on a daily basis to make up for latency issues. Each DAW or plugin may behave differently.