CDM: Paul Frindle Interview

Posted by Scott

Create Digital Music has posted an excellent interview with Paul Frindle. Frindle was one of the people at the center of the digital revolution in audio recording; he worked on SSL G-Series Console, was “part of the team that broke the “damnable black art” of digital conversion”, founded Oxford Digital (whose EQ plugin I still use extensively), and developed the application the Sony OXF-R3 Console. It’s a pretty technical article but it highlights how creativity and genius can combine to fundamentally change an art form.

Some producers and musicians these days lament the shift to digital saying that analog will always be better than digital. I tend to agree with that statement — particularly when it comes to synthesis — but the move to digital has made the process of production so much more efficient and accessible that it’s hard to argue against it. Digital audio has opened the doors of the music industry to anyone with a computer and made artists of people who might not have had access otherwise. Although I have spent many years trying to shift my process into the analog domain, I certainly wouldn’t have been able to get a start in music if it weren’t for the ability to record digitally.

So here’s to Paul Frindle and everyone like him who paved the way for a revolution in music, because whether we’re making music or enjoying it, we all owe these pioneers a debt of gratitude.

Interview Link

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cmh says:

January 30, 2010 at 9:35 am

cheers exactly. I feel the same about analog recording vs digital. Sometimes I prefer digital for clarity on vocals etc but love the tape sat for other sounds like synthesis and drums. Mixing the two is invaluable and having digital has allowed many artists I never would have had the joy of hearing to record at all.


vmmf says:

February 1, 2010 at 11:38 am

Comeon! Just got a Tx802 and am loving it! FM-Systhesis is nowhere behind analog subtractive!

That said, I do miss how everything sounded tight in my old tascam 4trax…