On the latest episode of Viewer's Comments, by the always entertaining Glen Fricker, the first comment he read was a bit vexxing
Here's a link to the video:
Here is the comment:
"Hey Glenn! Note from a scientific engineer: the deciding factor between plugins and real gear is speed. The speed of transformers in an A class circuit will always trump a signal path that has to be ingested, decimation filtered, routed to a front side bus, allocated to RAM, processed via a flawed set of instructions, aliased (to linear math, when audio electricity is logarithmic). A class gear: a real representation of the signal (until you record digitally). Computers: will always be "flat" writing tools (unless you deal in logarithmic formats like DSD)."
Ok, aside from being word salad ala Deepak Choprah and a Gish Gallup that reminds one of Anita Sarkeesian or Ken Ham, on the few points that seem to be spelled out, I don;t think this is anything but a lashing Luddite rant.
"Hey Glenn! Note from a scientific engineer:"
Argument from Authority alert? Which field exactly? Are you going to present some scientific claims?
" the deciding factor between plugins and real gear is speed."
The deciding factor of what? Seriously
It seems like this is about something substantive about the sound, but if I'm, only given the information in the post, then the "what" must be Round Trip Latency
Is that it? Ok, yeah, removing converter latency and processor latency makes things faster. Yay! You win the internetz! But this is about audio and recording and making records, so the old price of beans in china thing comes up, I guess
But it gets more complicated than that....PLENTY of "real gear" is DSP based and that means, no functional difference from a plugin, so I guess he has to define "real gear" to mean some smaller subset of real real gear
"The speed of transformers in an A class circuit"
Do all "A class" (Class A?) circuits have transformers
"will always trump a signal path"
In what way? Distortion? Noise? Bandwidth? All else being equal, a signal path WITHOUT a transformer will ALWAYS trump a signal path WITH a transformer on those measurments
" that has to be ingested,"
Ahh, descriptive Poisoning the Well I guess. THough I suppose you could say that a male XLR is "ingested" into a female XLR. So what?
Which will in no way harm a properly bandlimited signal (you know, the stuff we listen to?)
" routed to a front side bus"
As relevant as "routed to channel Q"
"allocated to RAM"
No no, in PROPER audio, we allocate it to beads! Beads of Germanium I tells you, no wait, that was last week....allocate it to ice cream!
,"processed via a flawed set of instructions"
Which flawed set of instructions would those be? It would take some SERIOUS flaws to hurt the signal as much as a transformer would
,"aliased (to linear math, when audio electricity is logarithmic)."
Audio electricity, as opposed to the real world, where we call it "electricity" kind of like "medicine which has been proven to work" being called "medicine" as opposed to medicine that has been proven not to work, which we call "alternative medicine"
Electricity can be described as linear OR log. It can behave log when we want it to, it can behave linear when we want it to. YOU chose which you want to do....want to look for noise? Maybe set to linear. Want to look for noise at specific notes? Maybe set to log.
I will concede that aliasing can be a HUGE problem, one that we have many many many many many ways of dealing with. Kind of like how a failing capacitor can be a huge problem, which we have ways of dealing with.
"A class gear: a real representation of the signal (until you record digitally)."
Not really. Running thru either can alter the signal. Just a deepity, if even that
"Computers: will always be "flat" writing tools "
What does this even mean?
"(unless you deal in logarithmic formats like DSD)."
Even IF and I mean big fat, CITATION NEEDED, *if* DSD did better than PCM in an ABX test, so what? What are people going to be listening to this on? You got DSD playback on your iphone? Does your monitor controller have a DSD input? PCM works, the problem isn't PCM....If there's even a problem, which is still unspecified in the least bit in this post.