Just finished watching......a lot to think about.
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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 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.
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.
for anyone who might wonder what my set is going to sound like, here's a three minute snippet of one of the rehearsals I've recorded [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jeffpearcemusic/ambicon-2013-sample[/soundcloud]
.... and, yes, I'm particularly proud that I learned how to embed the soundcloud player...
I also want to show my support for Stephen and his show, which has been on so long, it's easy to take for granted.
I think its exciting times for analog hardware synths especially as digital synthesis development in hardware has stopped.
I'm not sure this "stopped" is true. Plenty of good, relatively new digital synths out there. Roland, Korg, Novation, and more. Yep, a limited number, but in that sense it is like the analog manufacturers. Of course, digital hardware is always in competition with software synths, and there have been some very fine VST synths released this past year.
Actually I believe the Buchla 200e has memory.
The 200e does have memory but you still have to repatch everything, it only remembers the settings for each module. I started learning the art of synthesist first on a Moog modular and then on an old Buchla 100 system. I try to take a sort of zen approach to modulars, a patch is here one day and gone the next. You can literally start with a clean slate at any time.