The meaning of analog

July 22, 2020
 by Paul McGowan

"That sounds so…analog." What does that actually mean? And what are we saying when we suggest something sounds "digital".

I wonder if our terminology isn't out of date. We offer praise when a digital reproduction sounds analog yet we know analog has limitations that digital does not.

I would never suggest that while listening to a live performance that it sounds either analog or digital. I might say it sounds natural, perhaps full and rich, but analog or digital? Never.

I wonder why then we cling to these antiquated terms. And I am not pointing the finger at anyone but me. I am a big offender and want to work on my language at every opportunity.

Perhaps when I slip up you all can help remind me.

There's no such thing as the sound of analog and digital. They are antiquated terms and I can do better.

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