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If I had a dollar for every time I heard an artist say, "You know what? I'm doing my next album to tape!" do you have any idea how much Brooklyn-made, handcrafted, small-batch mustache wax I could buy? Williamsburg's local economy would rival Dubai, and people would be building private islands in the East River. Even in 2015, the audio community still seems to be firmly steeped in this ethos of "analog is better… vintage is better… tape is better," and for almost no legitimately defensible reason.
I'm not saying analog is bad or that vintage outboard gear has no place; there's a legitimate reason you still see Fairchild 670s going for $30,000. I'm also not necessarily trying to defend the MP3 as an audio format. The fact of the matter is that digital is here to stay, and it couldn't be further from "the death of music as we know it," as many in the industry hail it.
For some reason, there's an overwhelming horde of mindless, message-board-misinformation regurgitating zealots who demonize the presence of a computer in the recording studio, or look at it as a necessary evil of our ever-increasing progress as the industry more or less railroads itself on digital rails towards some sort of musical Sodom and Gommorah. At least that's what they'd have you believe. So, let's take a look at why digital is not inferior to analog and why it is not the devil incarnate that has ruined music as we know it.