[pd-ot] electric circuits in software

Chris McCormick chris at mccormick.cx
Wed Apr 26 04:27:13 CEST 2006

On Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 07:05:21PM +0200, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> On Apr 25, 2006, at 6:42 PM, Chris McCormick wrote:
> >On Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 11:25:26AM +0200, Hans-Christoph Steiner  
> >wrote:
> >>
> >>On Apr 24, 2006, at 6:50 PM, hard off wrote:
> >>
> >>>what is so inherant in analogue and even digital hardware that makes
> >>>the sound hard to recreate by software?
> >>
> >>Its not really that hard to model analogue sound in digital.  But
> >>there is a cult of analog sound which believes that it is.  I mean,
> >>you could measure the difference between the real analog and a high
> >>quality digital recreation, but you couldn't hear it.
> >
> >Do you have empirical data to back up this statement? Has neuroscience
> >really progressed to the point that we can claim absolutely that the
> >human brain is incapable of the task of high frequency signal  
> >analysis?
> that much about neuroscience.  But I do know enough about science to  
> tell you that humans cannot tell the difference between such things  
> in double-blind tests.  So you don't need to know anything about  
> In a carefully controlled environment, with very nice equipment,  
> something like 99.5% of people cannot tell the difference between  
> things like tube and transistor amps, digital or analog audio, or  
> electronic circuits or digital recreations.  Try it yourself sometime.

I believe you, but could you point me to any articles that back this
up? I've often wondered whether such research has been conducted,
and have never managed to find it, but maybe I'm reading the wrong
journals. Performing a double-blind test on myself would result in purely
anecdotal evidence, which I'm not that interested in.



chris at mccormick.cx

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