On Tue, 1 Jul 2003, Aaron Luis Levinson wrote:
> I can say from a commercial music business perspective that almost
> every rock band
> in the world has their album mastered to analog 1/2 or 1 inch tape.
> Virtually all the existing Ampex ATR-100 series machines are being
> restored and sold to high-end mastering and recording studios around
> the world. I think it is quite likely that the "analog niche" in pro
> recording will not disappear in the foreseeable future and that this
> cottage industry would easily sustain a small business that was
> dedicated to producing a small batch high quality product. The
> mastering lathe will survive for the same reason and I for one am
> thrilled that this is so. People have been predicting the demise of
> analog for nearly twenty years and the fact it is still being predicted
> seems to make the proponents of digital seem incrementally less
> oracular with each passing year.
I am reminded of the line...perhaps from a song recorded by Danny and the
Juniors..."rock and roll is here to stay, it will never die." Well maybe
analog is here to stay, but it can be quite expensive...