pdxindy wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:51 am
My mind is open and flexible. My profession was photography (retired from paid work) and I started with film. IMO, digital has surpassed film in every meaningful way. That is what I would say based on my experience in the field. Maybe someone who does lots of darkroom work would say otherwise.
I've tried most of the latest synth emulations and I have a variety of analog hardware. I don't live in past conclusions. I still hear a difference... today. If I stop hearing a difference, I will say so. I'm neither nostalgic nor sentimental on the subject. Also, to clarify, I don't care that much if an emulation is a perfect tweak by tweak match to the original as much as I care that the spirit of the medium is captured.
I'm very glad to have both hardware and software. Purism doesn't interest me.
You just described me perfectly (except I'm still very active in photography and have even started using film again occasionally since our son has taken an interest in it).
Anyway, I'm generalizing here, but I've noticed a trend in all of these software vs. hardware threads on KVR, GS, etc. over the years. These days, people who grew up on hardware are also largely software guys and tend to have a pretty unbiased and rational opinion of the pros/cons of each. I honestly can't recall the last time I encountered a hardware purist, but software purists abound for all the good and obvious reasons. From my perspective, software proponents generally tend to have a limited ability to see beyond their own reasons for preferring software, which is often convenience and cost-effectiveness (absolutely nothing wrong with that), and they tend to exaggerate their opinion that investing in a hardware synth is this huge monetary risk, especially for a beginner. I totally disagree with that, but I also assume that most adults are smart enough to make wise purchase decisions with their own money and, if they don't, well, we all learn fiscal responsibility our own way, right? OK, mostly joking there, but people buy and sell hardware synths all the time and it's really not a big deal, especially if you buy/sell used, since hardware resale values tend to be relatively stable. Alright, flame away (but, you can't thumbs down me, so
I'm very glad to have both hardware and software. Purism doesn't interest me. (it was worth repeating)