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The Generation Gap—Perception and Workflow of Analog vs. Digital Mixing

Are sound engineers showing preference for the mixing technology of their generation? We interviewed producer Ezequiel Morfi who owns TITANIO in Buenos Aires and contrasted his opinions with those of four mixers based in Western Canada who were required to use analog-only or digital-only mixing tools when preparing stimuli for this study. To ascertain the myths about which technology sounds superior, 19 trained listeners of ages 17–37 compared analog and digital mixing versions of 8 pop-rock tracks in a double-blind listening test. The main results showed that the analog version of one track was significantly preferred by 79% of the listeners (p=.02), and we observed a slight trend towards the significance of age on preference for the analog format (p=.09).

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