Electronic music is more popular than ever and with it comes a fascination for trying to recapture the original sound. Artists like Chic star
The latest gear may be cheap and convenient, but for many, old hardware is the only way to go. The theory is that the movement and circulation of air within old analogue machines gives a warmer, more wholesome sound than that of modern computer software, which, some say, sounds too "digitised".
"It's all about nostalgia, really," said
Despite what its enthusiasts claim, many commentators believe most listeners would be hard pushed to hear the difference between sounds produced by old hardware and the sounds produced by computers running modern software that emulates them. One
Despite this, manufacturers are making the most of the love of old hardware.
The resurgence in retrograde technology does not come with retro prices though. A Roland 303 synth that once cost £100 in a second hand shop can now command £1000. Other classic electronic apparatus can go for more than £5000.
Another explanation for the continued love affair with analogue is that it is one way to stand out in such a competitive industry. "If you are a producer and you are selecting sounds off a computer willy nilly and those sounds are almost infinite, your music is going to lack character if you are not focused on what you want to create," explained
Guy Gerber, an Israeli DJ who uses both analogue and digital equipment, said: "It's easier to create music than ever before because you don't have to have anything, you just need a computer and software, but nevertheless to stand out isn't easy in any era.
"You either have it, or you don't."
For many, the attraction of using vintage gear is based on the allure of owning a piece of musical history rather than what the gear actually contributes to a track. But for the DJ and producer
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