From time to time I like to step back a bit from the explanation and demystification business and put on the wide angle lens. There are two different approaches towards working with audio that I regularly observe with myself and others. Let’s think about how they relate to each other and to what happens on this site.
No debate in the audio community has been fought harder than the one between analog purists and digital enthusiasts. But it might be approaching an important tipping point right now.
Much of the content here on The Science of Sound is about scientific facts, gaining knowledge and understanding isolated aspects of audio. This zoomed-in perspective is often the only way to create an objective description of reality, or “truth”. But an inevitable consequence of zooming in is losing sight of the bigger picture. Today I’d like to zoom out a bit and think about this essential question: “What are we accumulating all this knowledge for?”