From the FG Forum:
I've been on a Matrix kick lately (BTW - if you're a fan of animation at all and haven't seen the Animatrix, check it out ASAP) and my crazy brain started thinking about the whole virtual versus real world and how that applies to the current digital vs analog debate in the guitar world.
On the one hand we have the Matrix (digital modeling). Once you're aware you are no longer bound by the limitations of the real world, the sky's the limit. You can twist your tone in ways not possible by traditional gear.
On the other, we have the real world (pure analog). Its gritty, dirty, and while the technology has come a long way from its humble beginnings the rest of the technological world has moved and evolved beyond our antiquated tube (and transistor to some degree) based fetishes. But its real...
...but what does real mean? If we have a virtual experience, while the things that happened during that experience don't technically exist the experience absolutely exists in our mind and as such has a realimpact our our psyche. The concept is perhaps best described by the Cypher character in the famous steak house scene from the Matrix: "You know, I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss. "
So what'll it be ladies and gents, blue pill or red pill?