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Old 27th June 2012
Lives for gear
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Well, all other things being equal, there is a difference in sound between tube gear and its solid state counterparts. Many pros can indeed hear the difference, and they seem to prefer the tube 'sound'. It's not technically 'better', but it's different in a way that many musicians and engineers seem to like.

My hunch is that many of the things that make solid state technically better, ie. more extended top end, faster transient response, are often the same things that make digital recording sound harsh. But some folks may like that 'harshness', calling it 'clarity'. Personally, I can't help but chase the sounds of the 70's that I loved. And that means trying to shave off as many of the digital edges as I can.