But with DAC's (digital to audio converters) becoming more sophisticated, it's be interesting to see if perceptions change.
Tech goes marching on and perceptions are changing as the new generations come up with digital being at the heart of everything they do.
And it has nothing to do with quality or sophistication - quite the opposite, it has more to do with price, ease and availability (which is why most people are listening to 128K mp3s and not 96KHz wavs). I've watched digital devices for guitarists go from being something you wouldn't even consider using to being the bulk of the monthly "must-haves". Sure, it's been a relatively slow process in music, but the kids now started on low-end digital modelling amps and multi-effects, and they won't have the resistance to change of the old guard. 🙂
For example there's that "Source Programmable EQ" pedal, which is all digital, but uses high quality digital conversion.
I wonder if that pedal will catch on 🙂
With those that need the programmability, probably. But at some point, most players will look at their boards, realise that they are 90% digital already and wonder why they don't just go with a quality digital MFX unit, where everything working together as one outweighs any slight losses in tone (and the losses are getting smaller every year).
The multiple A/D-D/A conversions of individual digital pedals is going to become a problem too... I predict more and more with standardised digital in and outputs (and hopefully a new switching/control/power standard using the same connection). Imagine - modular digital pedalboards fronted by a dedicated high quality A/D pedal with all the flexibility/customisability of analogue boards and all the control advantages of digital. Programmable pedals that can be a comp at your country gig or a distortion for your metal one (we're already starting to see this kind of thing pop up).
Exciting times (but then again, it's always exciting times for me 🙂). We are finally at the point where the digital emulations of analogue favourites are all but indistinguishable in sound and feel as the originals, resistance against it is breaking down (and futile) and hopefully this will shepherd in a new wave of real innovation for the first time since the '60s.
Anyone know this comedy sketch?