It's not possible to make a recording free of at least one analog stage. Even if A/D conversion is done right after the microphone preamps, the microphones and mic preamps are still analog. It's probably safer and more accurate to say that many recordings made in the past two decades (or more) were never preserved on an analog storage medium.
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You said it "never had an analog stage" which I took to mean that everything is done digitally, because I consider preamps and mixers to be an analog stage before the audio hits the converters.
On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:20 PM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Eliya, on what planet do you live?
> Analog recording is an expensive, niche part of the industry. I don’t
> know precise figures, but I’d say that probably 90% or more recording
> is done with computers, not multitrack tape recorders.
> Are you really confused about that, or pulling our leg?
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
> On Jul 24, 2017, at 11:01 AM, eliya gwetta <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 12:52 PM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> Most recordings these days never had an analog stage,
> > This statement is very confusing to me. Are you saying that popular
> > music is produced entirely in the box?
> > I think Chris Bishop hit the nail on the head with both his points.
> > To elaborate on the second one, record plants are littered with
> > novelty releases. Whether it's the soundtrack to a Marvel movie, or
> > pop music
> > audience isn't buying vinyl records, or 5-LP comedy albums.