“Tube amps sound warmer.”
I hear that always when people talk about amps. I think that it’s like lots of things: They just go along with the crowd.
There is most likely a difference, but to be honest, I can’t ever tell. When I listen to a song, weather it be Judas Priest, The Beatles, or some guy on the internet who recorded his solid state amp, the amp sounds don’t jump out to me and say “Tube amp!” So if there is a difference, it seems to be lost in the mix.
Another thing I hear people say is that modeling amps sound “digital.” Which is very surprising. Most, if not all, modeling amps and other related products, like a Digitech RP70 multi-effects processor, are sampled at 96-Khz 24-bit audio. What that means is that there are 96,000 samples every second, with a resolution of 16,777,216.
In other words, when you look at 1 second of a waveform, the X resolution is 96,000 and the Y resolution is 16,777,216. Can people reallytell when 0.01 of a millisecond goes up a step, which would be a 0.000000000000005% difference? It would be like saying that a person can feel the individual molecules when he rubs his fingers across a piece of wood. The resolution is too high to tell, it seems.
However, I simply don’t know enough about these things to say for certain(and I don’t want to think that I couldn’t be wrong, even when the info seems to support my thoughts). That’s why I’m talking here! It’s something that just came to mind to talk about, so I can know.