The obsession for the Analog

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Re: The obsession for the Analog

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:51 pm

I enjoy playing analogue synthesisers because I don´t need a manual to understand them.

I wouldn´t call this "obsession", I´m not obsessed with analogue although I must confess that I´ve returned to a setup that is more focussed on analogue -- partly by deliberation (I got bored with many digital synthesisers after some time), partly by accident (I happened to find some analogue synthesisers I wasn´t even looking for -- the Lord gave me a sign, o my brethren!). I just enjoy getting lost on an analogue synthesiser because I don´t have to think about how to do *this* in order to achieve *that* (if you know what I mean) -- albeit a proper digital synthesiser can do this quite as well (PPG comes to mind in my case).

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Re: The obsession for the Analog

Post by balma » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:45 am

Jabberwalky wrote:Let's all log out of VSE for a week. Please...stop drooling over s**t, and press record and create something. Why is everyone compelled to get caught in this cycle of justification, and comparison?

Who's in for a new competition?
:keys1: me

But there will be soooo much entries....uf... like the listening lounge... nobody listens my tracks any longer :oops: .

maybe a 100% analog competition?
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Re: The obsession for the Analog

Post by megamanx » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:38 am

if it is all analog make it all analog, even the recording the device...

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Re: The obsession for the Analog

Post by Jabberwalky » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:09 pm

balma wrote:
Jabberwalky wrote:Let's all log out of VSE for a week. Please...stop drooling over s**t, and press record and create something. Why is everyone compelled to get caught in this cycle of justification, and comparison?

Who's in for a new competition?
:keys1: me

But there will be soooo much entries....uf... like the listening lounge... nobody listens my tracks any longer :oops: .

maybe a 100% analog competition?
Yeah, maybe we can convince the mods to let us have the comp in General Synths to get more hits?

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Re: The obsession for the Analog

Post by GoodwillFalcon » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:42 pm

Automatic Gainsay wrote: ...there is more to music than being an audio producer. If you are a physical musician, you should also have that in you which requires an attraction to and love of interface.
I don't have a MIDI arrangement to trigger my Minimoog. I play the musical instrument with my hands. The layout and physical feel of the panel are inspirational to me, and not only affect the choices I make, but also give me physical and aesthetic pleasure... this pleasure is reflected in my musical output.
Obviously, this sort of thing isn't for everyone... in fact, I think very few "electronic musicians" today really give a s**t about physical interaction with interface. But THAT is a very strong aspect of seeking analog synths. And yes, it is a form of nostalgia- which is a crime. Being a keyboard player USED to be like being a guitar player... but increasingly today, it's more like being a recording engineer or producer.
This says it all for me, right here. It's an instrument - an intimate interaction, a physical connection between a craftsman and his tools.

Just because something is old doesn't mean it's an inferior concept. It's the same reason people like going camping in a tent, or driving a manual transmission, shooting on film, or painting with a brush - there is value and enjoyment in doing things the 'harder way.'

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