Currently, the music world is dominated by digital recording, mixing, and processing, but the interest in analog sound has continued. It’s the unique qualities of analog audio that have become more popular than ever. That’s the reason why some mixers turn to real analog hardware instead of virtual emulations.
There are plug-ins that emulate the distinctive character of analog hardware, However, a smaller, dedicated band of engineers and producers still turns to the real thing which is the actual analog hardware. It provides the warmth and presence that everyone deems so desirable.
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