Anyone care to explain the fine points in the difference between analog and digital compression. I understand that the most apparent difference is the method in which the signal is compressed.

I’ve heard people say that analog equipment results in a better sound over digital equipment. Is this true?

  • I think the second paragraph of your question is not suited for this site, since its explicit asking for an individual opinion... I am not an expert with this stuff, but I prefer the one which fits the sound im looking for. Sometimes analog fits better, sometimes digital fits better
    – Olli
    Jul 13 '20 at 14:14
  • That why the second paragraph start off “In your opinion,”
    – BLG
    Jul 13 '20 at 14:15
  • Yes, and that's off topic for this site. I'm afraid this might get your question flagged and possibly removed. Maybe you can extract the second paragraph and ask it in the chat. This way you might get some answers for your first paragraph.
    – Olli
    Jul 13 '20 at 14:22
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    I've edited the question to increase its chance of survival! Jul 13 '20 at 14:27
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    For a slice of personal opinion - I think people who still say analog is better than digital stopped listening properly about the time the CD came out, mid 80s. The world has moved on a whole lot since then.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 13 '20 at 16:58

No, the most apparent difference is what different compressors SOUND like.

Yes, there's a passion for 'retro' gear in some parts of the recording world.

If 'what a 1950s Fairchild tube compressor sounds like' (minus the hum) is your definition of perfection, I expect you'll be able to detect how a digital emulation isn't QUITE identical. (Though computers have an uncomfortable habit of casually overcoming 'they'll NEVER manage THAT!' barriers.)

'It's not about the gear' becomes increasingly true as high-quality recording hardware becomes increasingly affordable and digital emulations become increasingly accurate. Good. It can be 'all about the music'.

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