Date of Award

Fall 12-2017

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Mass Communication and Journalism

First Advisor

Jonathan Pluskota

Advisor Department

Mass Communication and Journalism


The music industry is constantly shifting and changing as new developments emerge. The biggest transition still discussed to this day is the shift from analog to digital. The digital world of media has opened many doors and created a simpler way of making and consuming media. However, the desire for a vintage/analog sound environment has grown increasingly popular over the years. The main research question I will be addressing in this thesis is: How do analog and digital recordings compare at a signal level? I will attempt to answer this research question through analyzing different audio signals. To do so, two separate recordings, one digital and one analog, will be obtained simultaneously through the same microphones. Those two recordings will be put through an analyzing program and compared. There is much research on both analog and digital, especially from the consumerism side of the industry. However, not much of that research attempts to discover and discuss the differences at a spectral or signal level. This research will offer a new way of looking at the comparison between analog and digital audio. By doing such research, I will be able to examine and make unique conclusions on the differences between the two.

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Other Music Commons