In today’s video, we are going to answer the age-old question.

What is Analog Warmth?

I’m sure you guys have heard it a million times.

This product gives analog warmth and depth.

Makes the music sound fuller and thicker. blah blah blah.

I myself am guilty of using the word countless times

But what really is Analog Warmth?

What people are usually hearing when they talk about analog warmth is harmonic distortion.

Back when all recording was done with analog devices the goal from the manufacturer’s standpoint was to have the cleanest signal possible.

In other words, when a signal entered a compressor it would compress and come out the other side the as same signal but only compressed.

However that never really happened.

These companies were using components with tubes, transistors. Opto cells, and all kinds of wiring.

So try as they might, the signal created harmonic distortion. AKA analog warmth

And what harmonic distortion tends to do, is make our audio sound thicker and fuller

In today’s video, I will show you what harmonic distortion is, and how you can use it when you are mixing.