Article from the recent Sound On Sound. APK
Why are we lusting after vintage gear?
My suspicion is that the obsession with vintage equipment has more to do with a desire to impose limits and discipline on the process than anything else. The ‘limitless’ possibilities of modern recording and production can lead to laziness of performance and a lack of decision making. Musicians and producers are spending more time working alone on a computer rather than collaborating in the studio with like-minded souls. Bouncing ideas around with others can be the most creative and fun part of recording, and it’s easy to get bogged down in isolation. The lack of discipline that the technology can promote isn’t the fault of the equipment itself — it’s the fault of the users. Making music shouldn’t be about the equipment at all: it should be about the music makers. What kind of equipment you use doesn’t matter that much. What really matters is what you choose to do with it.
I feel it is the limitless possibilities that are the real issue.....there are too many choices and I have work at making my own musical choice very limited. A few piece of good gear and a clean recording path.
To use another creative pursuit to illustrate.....when I was involved in photography some 25 years ago there was film and darkrooms. Digital was not even dreamed of, well maybe a dream. You had to know how to use a camera to its full extent to get good technical results. Automation did not exist. Same goes for the darkroom. In a way somewhat archaic to todays photographic production yet it was so hands on. Today I use a very good full frame canon camera with a beautiful piece of glass attached, what this camera can do technically is astonishing. Automation everything. How do I use it....completely in manual mode as I did 25 years. Why will people pay $10.000 for a Leica camera.....because they are silly and have too much money, perhaps. " That much money for a camera and it does not even have auto focus"....I have heard this said.
Back on topic....
I wouldn´t want to be bothered with that sort of bulk and maintenance (*enter any other early digital reverb here). Same thing with Fairchild or Tubetech outboard stuff.
Waves have recreated a hardware version of the Fairchild called Puigchild after said famous producer pictured below. Interesting as Waves are leaders in creating analogue / tube / tape plugin recreations of vintage gear
What I find most irritating in this context is that most music which is produced using this extremely expensive type of studio gear is condensed into lossy audio formats and played back using the internal speakers of a mobile phone... pathetic.
I agree....also these gifted studio engineers have to contend with their work being slammed at the mastering stage, certainly with pop music, also not the mastering engineers fault. So who's responsible then?
25 years ago few of use would be able to create, play, record and release music as we do today and though we may work in isolation as discussed, we are not alone....case in point, The Hypnos Forum!