Is Hardware Dead?

Hey Randy,

Some great questions and answers here, thank you!
I know my question might look like a typical Gearspace topic lol, but seriously wanted to get your thoughts on the future of mastering hardware.
As someone in your position receiving top-of-the-line mixes, do you feel there will ever be a need to use hardware in the future?

Thank you

Hi Matt,

My pleasure. I don’t think hardware is dead. There are plenty of ME’s making great sounding records using hardware. I prefer working digitally because of the finer increments and control over coloration I find working in the box. But it’s not to say that it’s fun mastering with a mouse. Some people enjoy the tactile nature of using hardware. I used to enjoy it too. But for me the advantages of working digital outweigh the disadvantages. Hope this helps.

Best Regards,



Some hardware still sounds amazing compared to ITB Plugins. Yes, it’s all tools and a ‘choose your weapon’ scenario, but there are pieces that are still game changers.