Analog Home Recording Systems - dummies

By Jeff Strong

So you find that you gotta have that analog sound for your home recording systems, but you don’t want to (or can’t) deal with the expense of a complete analog system. Well, you’re in luck! You, too, can add some of the warmth to your digital recordings if you’re willing to shell out the green. Yep, come on down!

Seriously, you can buy analog extras to help you add a little of that analog distortion to your music. Don’t misunderstand many of these products are great and have a place in a home studio. Just don’t get so hooked by the need to have warmth in your recordings that you go out and buy everything that you can to add mild distortion. This warmth is just distortion, after all.

Most of the time, people use tube gear on their instruments to get them to sound warmer. In sound recording, tube gear refers to components that still use the ancient technology of vacuum tubes to get them up and running — and up and running with all that distortion that some listeners describe as warm.

Tube microphones, preamps, compressors, and equalizers are only a few of the types of products available to add some semblance of the much-sought-after analog sound.

If you want to go tubeless, look for special tape-saturation emulators on the market to give you that analog edge.