Seems to me the more complex the system the more I tend to approach its operation as if it had a mind of its own. I often think of equipment as being somewhat temperamental which causes me to approach with caution.
As devices get “smarter” anthropomorphizing them seems a natural consequence. For the briefest of moments, I hesitate before turning on my stereo system to make sure I get the order of turn-on correct.
Working with Octave Record’s Pyramix workstation—the single most intricate and complex DAW made—I often approach with care, afraid to “piss it off”.
Of course, machines don’t get pissed off but they certainly can have that impact on those that interface with them. We love them when they work and get gray hairs when they don’t.
How many of us have our secret formulas of levels, interconnects, positioning, and rituals required for the playing of music? Watch a true vinylphobe’s ritual before the music starts if you’re not convinced.
There’s no question in my mind that between the Octave Studio’s mixroom and our main listening room at PS there is a noticeable personality to each that must be both observed and honored.
The temperament of each person’s high-end audio system is both real and necessary.
Some call it personality while others would not be so humanizing.
Whatever we wish to call it, our systems have a voice!